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Flight of the Lady Beetle

Have you ever seen a lady beetle, aka ladybird beetle, aka ladybug, take flight? Have you ever photographed it? It's early...

A lady beetle prepares for take-off in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle prepares for take-off in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle prepares for take-off in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle unfolds its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The lady beetle unfolds its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle unfolds its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And the lady beetle takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
And the lady beetle takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And the lady beetle takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 2:28 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Who Doesn't Love a Ladybug?

Who doesn't love a ladybug? Call them ladybugs, call them ladybirds, call them lady beetles, call them Coccinellidae, or just call them aphid...

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring aphids in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring aphids in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring aphids in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Elaine Lander, urban and community IPM educator with the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, talks to a youngster about lady beetles, aka ladybugs, at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Elaine Lander, urban and community IPM educator with the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, talks to a youngster about lady beetles, aka ladybugs, at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Elaine Lander, urban and community IPM educator with the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, talks to a youngster about lady beetles, aka ladybugs, at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for Urban and Community IPM and area Urban IPM advisor, answers a question at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for Urban and Community IPM and area Urban IPM advisor, answers a question at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for Urban and Community IPM and area Urban IPM advisor, answers a question at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 5:29 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Soldiering On

They're curious little critters. When solider beetles (family Cantharidae) go on patrol in your garden, don't kill them. They're not being...

A soldier beetle seeking aphids and other soft-bodied insects on a strawberry plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A soldier beetle seeking aphids and other soft-bodied insects on a strawberry plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soldier beetle seeking aphids and other soft-bodied insects on a strawberry plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Here an aphid, there an aphid...A soldier beetle on patrol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Here an aphid, there an aphid...A soldier beetle on patrol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Here an aphid, there an aphid...A soldier beetle on patrol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image shows the soldier beetle's 11-segmented antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image shows the soldier beetle's 11-segmented antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image shows the soldier beetle's 11-segmented antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A quick flight to a fence post and then the soldier beetle prepares to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A quick flight to a fence post and then the soldier beetle prepares to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A quick flight to a fence post and then the soldier beetle prepares to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 4:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Spring Is Bustin' Out All Over

June is bustin' out all overAll over the meadow and the hillBuds 're bustin' outa bushesAnd the rompin' river pushesEv'ry little wheel that wheels...

A multicolored Asian lady beetle looking for love--or prey--on a mallow on the first day of spring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A multicolored Asian lady beetle looking for love--or prey--on a mallow on the first day of spring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A multicolored Asian lady beetle looking for love--or prey--on a mallow on the first day of spring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lady beetle, you are not alone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lady beetle, you are not alone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lady beetle, you are not alone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two multicolored Asian lady beetles who found one another. Well, call that a lady beetle and a gentleman beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two multicolored Asian lady beetles who found one another. Well, call that a lady beetle and a gentleman beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two multicolored Asian lady beetles who found one another. Well, call that a lady beetle and a gentleman beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's spring! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's spring! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's spring! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 5:15 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Ever Seen an Aphid Giving Birth?

You know those dratted aphids, those little pests that suck the very lifeblood out of your prized plants? Well, have you ever watched them give...

A close-up of an aphid giving birth in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A close-up of an aphid giving birth in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up of an aphid giving birth in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another close-up of an aphid giving birth in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Another close-up of an aphid giving birth in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another close-up of an aphid giving birth in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, chowing down on an aphid, while another
A lady beetle, aka ladybug, chowing down on an aphid, while another "waits its turn." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, chowing down on an aphid, while another "waits its turn." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The larvae of lady beetles also feast on aphids. This larva is getting its share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The larvae of lady beetles also feast on aphids. This larva is getting its share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The larvae of lady beetles also feast on aphids. This larva is getting its share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 5:28 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Food, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

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