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Insect Diversity in the Fava Beans

Count the insects! Ladybugs, a European paper wasp, blow fly and aphids are all over the fava beans in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The first day of spring--Tuesday, March 20--yielded a diversity of insects in the fava beans planted in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden adjacent to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road,...

Count the insects! Ladybugs, a European paper wasp, blow fly and aphids are all over the fava beans in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Count the insects! Ladybugs, a European paper wasp, blow fly and aphids are all over the fava beans in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Count the insects! Ladybugs, a European paper wasp, blow fly and aphids are all over the fava beans in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp and a pair of ladybugs in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasp and a pair of ladybugs in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp and a pair of ladybugs in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stink bug occupies a fava bean leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Stink bug occupies a fava bean leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stink bug occupies a fava bean leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on the fava beans. Note the gray load of pollen.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on the fava beans. Note the gray load of pollen.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on the fava beans. Note the gray load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Pollinator!

Blow fly on a New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you see the blow fly (below), what do you think?Well, that depends on who you are and what you do--or maybe your earliest negative/positive insect recollections. If you hate flies, particularly blow flies, and you despise their larvae (maggots),...

Blow fly on a New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blow fly on a New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blow fly on a New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blow fly gathering nectar from New Zealand tea tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blow fly gathering nectar from New Zealand tea tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blow fly gathering nectar from New Zealand tea tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM

The Eyes Have It

Blow Fly

The eyes have it.Look at the compound eyes of an insect. Some are colorful, some are drab. But they are all organs that detect light. Most insects "have some sight and many possess highly developed visual systems," write UC Davis entomology professors...

Blow Fly
Blow Fly

EYES of the blow fly glowing red in the sunlight. This fly is perched on yarrow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

EYES of a honey bee are rimmed with hair. This worker bee is nectaring lavender (and keeping a close eye out on the photographer). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee

EYES of yellow-faced bumble bee scan the horizon. This is a Bombus vosnesenskii atop catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Metallic Green Sweat Bee
Metallic Green Sweat Bee

EYES of a metallic green sweat bee are rimmed in fluorescent green. This is a male sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus (as identified by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp of UC Davis). It is on a seaside daisy at Tomales Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter Bee
Leafcutter Bee

EYES of a leafcutter bee peer over rock purslane. This is a male Megachile sp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Fly Away

The Fly

God in His wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. --Ogden Nash, "The Fly"   Every time I see a fly I think of the Ogden Nash poem.   Our bee-friendly garden is attracting a few flies. I captured this...

The Fly
The Fly

THE FLY--A fly on sage, posterized through Photoshop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 6:14 PM
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