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Find the Praying Mantis in the African Blue Basil

Honey bees absolutely love African blue basil. If there ever were a "bee magnet," this plant is it.  We first learned of African blue...

In this image, you can see two bees on the African blue basil. But can you find the praying mantis? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In this image, you can see two bees on the African blue basil. But can you find the praying mantis? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In this image, you can see two bees on the African blue basil. But can you find the praying mantis? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, there you are, praying mantis! Enjoying a little sunshine, hmm? This one is a male subadult male Stagmomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis alumnus now studying for his master's degree at Towson (Maryland) University. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oh, there you are, praying mantis! Enjoying a little sunshine, hmm? This one is a male subadult male Stagmomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis alumnus now studying for his master's degree at Towson (Maryland) University. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, there you are, praying mantis! Enjoying a little sunshine, hmm? This one is a male subadult male Stagmomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis alumnus now studying for his master's degree at Towson (Maryland) University. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 7:52 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

Ever See a Leafcutter Bee Sunning Itself on a Milkweed Leaf?

Well, that's something you don't see every day: a leafcutter bee sunning itself on a milkweed leaf. The narrowleafed milkweed, Asclepias...

A  leafcutter bee, Megachile spp., rests on a leaf of milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. Both are natives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A leafcutter bee, Megachile spp., rests on a leaf of milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. Both are natives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A leafcutter bee, Megachile spp., rests on a leaf of milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. Both are natives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The leaf is long and the leafcutter bee is short. Leafcutter bees are smaller than honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The leaf is long and the leafcutter bee is short. Leafcutter bees are smaller than honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The leaf is long and the leafcutter bee is short. Leafcutter bees are smaller than honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the male leafcutter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the male leafcutter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the male leafcutter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 3:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

What's on the Day's Agenda for This Longhorned Bee?

Hey, the sun's up! It's time to rise and shine! Maybe I'll shine before I rise...or maybe I'll... Anyway, I just woke up, and I'm starting to stir....

After spending the night sleeping on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, a male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, starts to stir. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
After spending the night sleeping on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, a male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, starts to stir. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After spending the night sleeping on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, a male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, starts to stir. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 4:16 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Going Native: Do You Know the Native Bees of California?

Do you know the names of native bees commonly found in California's urban gardens? And how many have you seen in their habitat? Back in the 2009, a...

A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on a purple coneflower in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on a purple coneflower in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on a purple coneflower in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, Halictus farinosus, foraging on rock purslane in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sweat bee, Halictus farinosus, foraging on rock purslane in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, Halictus farinosus, foraging on rock purslane in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee,  Xylocopa sonorina, foraging on germander, Teucrium fruitcans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, foraging on germander, Teucrium fruitcans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, foraging on germander, Teucrium fruitcans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 4:19 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

The Chase

If you've ever tried to photograph male long-horned bees, Melissodes agilis, you know how fast they can fly and how quick they can dart. They fly...

A male long-horned bee, Melissodes agilis, chases a female of the species over a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male long-horned bee, Melissodes agilis, chases a female of the species over a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male long-horned bee, Melissodes agilis, chases a female of the species over a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 3:59 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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