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The Beauty and the Beast

Green lacewing

She looked like a ballerina, with her long, thin antennae; slender, delicate body; and translucent, finely veined wings. She dropped down on a stem in a UC Davis flower bed. Her eyes...

Green lacewing
Green lacewing

WHERE'S DINNER?--This green lacewing (Chrysopa spp.) checks out the menu in a UC Davis flower garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 6:27 PM
Tags: aphids (42), Chrysopa (1), green lacewings (2), UC Davis (208)

Tiptoeing Through the Tidy Tips

Honey Bee

 It's not spring until you see honey bees, carpenter bees and butterflies on Tidy Tips. That would be Layia platyglossa, a wildflower native to southern California. Its common name is "Tidy Tips" or "Coastal Tidy Tips." It's a daisylike flower with...

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE visits Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) a native California wildflower. This photo was taken April 2 on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

CARPENTER BEE visits Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) on the UC Davis campus. The insect is so heavy it pulled down the flower stem. The blue flower at right is Desert Blue Bells (Phacelia campanularia).(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)

PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY (Vanessa cardui) visits Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Big, Bold and Beleagured

Western Hercules Beetles

They’re big, bold and beleaguered. And now, they’re big, bold and finely detailed.  Western Hercules beetles became a part of the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s...

Western Hercules Beetles
Western Hercules Beetles

WESTERN HERCULES BEETLES--This is the original drawing by UC Davis undergraduate student Courtney Lambert that graces a Bohart Museum of Entomology T-shirt. The T-shirt is part of the Bohart Museum's educational and outreach program. Proceeds are used to provide continuing undergraduate support and training at the Bohart.

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Painted Ladies Are Back

Painted Lady

The painted ladies are back.   No, not the Victorian and Edwardian homes painted in three colors. No, not women wearing excessive amounts of makeup and pounding the sidewalk with their stiletto...

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

PAINTED LADIES are now passing through north-central California. This one passed through during the 2005 migration. (Photo courtesy of Arthur Shapiro)

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 6:06 PM
Tags: Art Shapiro (193), butterflies (65), migration (8), painted ladies (5)

Bugs in My Alibi

Documentary

Remember the landmark "insects-on-the-radiator" trial that led to a murder conviction? Animal Witness, part of Animal Planet,  will soon be showcasing the  work that...

Documentary
Documentary

ON CAMERA--Joe Wolohan films Lynn Kimsey at the Bohart Museum of Entomology for Animal Witness. The filming took place July 17, 2008. The documentary will air April 6 and again on April 10 on Animal Witness, part of Animal Planet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Re-enactment
Re-enactment

RE-ENACTMENT--In this re-enactment photo, the hands of Lynn Kimsey remove insects from a car radiator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

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