If you see a patch of California native wildflowers known as "Tidy Tips," look closely.
The yellow daisylike flower with white petals (Layia...
Patch of Tidy Tips
PATCH OF TIDY TIPS, California native wildflower, planted on the UC Davis campus, behind the Laboratory Sciences Building. If you look closely in the patch, you'll see scores of insects, including honey bees, hover flies, mason bees, ladybugs--and assassin bugs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
ASSASSIN BUG, from the genus Zelus and family Reduviidae, waits for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sip of Nectar
ASSASSIN BUG appears to be sipping nectar from a tidy tip blossom for a quick burst of energy. It preys on small insects, such as aphids, crickets and leafhoppers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybugs are easy to "spot."
As soon as the weather warms and those dratted plant-sucking aphids emerge, here come the polka-dotted ladybugs. The...
LADYBUG searching for aphids on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
SAFEST PLACE for an aphid is on the back of a ladybug. This photo, taken April 18, 2009, shows a ladybug searching for aphids while a hitchhikes struggles to stay on her back. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two newly moulted insects in the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, look just like leaves. But these...
FIND THE INSECT. Yes, there's an insect in this photo. Under the top blackberry leaf is a "walking leaf" (lighter green). Walking leaves are a big attraction at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
STEVE HEYDON, senior museum scientist at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, checks out a walking leaf, Phyllium giganteum, a native of Malaysia. The camouflaged insect looks like an autumn leaf turning colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Vacaville resident James Moehrke was out geocaching last weekend in the Vaca Valley Parkway-East Monte Vista Avenue area of the city when he spotted...
SOAPBERRY BUGS--These seed-feeder bugs (Jadera haematoloma) attract a lot of attention. (Photo by James Moehrke)
RED SHOULDERS--The red-shouldered soapberry bugs are also known as "golden raintree bugs." They're mostly black except for the red eyes and shoulders. (Photo by James Moehrke)
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS--The nymph (bright red) of the soapberry bug scurries down a tree trunk. (Photo by James Moerhke)
It’s official. University of California, Davis scientists who manage campus biological collections have just...
Part of the Indonesian team
OFF TO INDONESIA--This group of UC Davis scientists will be doing research in Indonesia. From left are Ellen Dean, museum scientist, UC Davis Herbarium; Steve Heydon, senior museum scientist, Bohart Museum of Entomology; Kyria Boundy-Mills, curator of the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology; Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology; principal investigator Dan Potter, a plant systematist at the Agricultural Experiment Station and director of the UC Davis Herbarium; and Andrew Engilis Jr., curator of the UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology; and Irene Engilis, collections manager of the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies from southeast Asia
EXOTIC BUTTERFLIES--UC Davis entomologist Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and chair of the Department of Entomology, looks over butterflies from southeast Asia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)