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Texas cicada

When my mother died in 2002, she left a little box in her estate labeled "Texas bug." A native Texan, she grew up on a West Texas ranch where she loved to ride horses. She may have collected the bug on one of her horseback rides. Or someone...

Texas cicada
Texas cicada

TEXAS CICADA--This Texas cicada measures two-and-a-half inches long and is about an inch wide. This may be a Diceroprocta bibbyi. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM
Tags: cicada (1), sound bugs (1), Texas cicada (1), tymbals (1), West Texas (1)

Treasured Photo

UC Davis Entomologists

There's a lot of history in this photograph. If you connected with the UC Davis Department of Entomology in 1970, you'll recognize some of the names, if not the faces. Sixteen distinguished faculty members posed for this photo. Among them were...

UC Davis Entomologists
UC Davis Entomologists

UC DAVIS ENTOMOLOGISTS IN 1970 posed for this photo. In front (from left) are Dick Bushing, Frank Summers, Bob Schuster, Al Grigarick, Bob Washino, Harry Lange and Harry Laidlaw. In back (from left) are Charles Judson, Robbin Thorp, Vern Burton, Elmer Carlson, Oscar Bacon, Frank Strong, Don McLean, Ward Stanger and Ed Loomis. (Photo courtesy of Oscar Bacon)

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Not John, Paul, George and Ringo

Dining on herbs

"The Beetles." When you hear those two words, you think of four Liverpool musicians named John, Paul, George and Ringo. Not so at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Say "beetles" and that  means insects. Lots of...

Dining on herbs
Dining on herbs

HUNGRY--This is a beetle, Lytta sublaevis (Meloidae) chowing down on fresh herbs. (Photo by Michael Caterino)

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Bee-ing Grateful

Honey bee in nectarine blossom

There are so many caring, kindhearted and generous people out there concerned about the plight of the honey bee. From little girls who share their monthly allowance and birthday gifts, to all the schools, organizations and businesses  who donate to...

Honey bee in nectarine blossom
Honey bee in nectarine blossom

PURE GOLD--A honey bee in a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 4:56 PM
Tags: Appreciation (1), Haagen-Dazs (7), honey bees (351), Michele Krueger (1), poet (1)

Wonderful World of Insects

Diversity of Insects

Kids love bugs.    And they love books on bugs.  One of the bug books we bought our son during his childhood was “Insect World: A Child’s First Library of Learning,” published by Time-Life Books.  It...

Diversity of Insects
Diversity of Insects

DIVERSITY OF INSECTS--From the Madagascar hissing cockroach to the praying mantis to the grasshopper, insects are diverse. This is part of a collection owned by UC Davis evolutionary ecologist Andrew Forbes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM

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