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Pollen Power Reigns Supreme

You may have lost track of the hours, days, weeks and months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but how can you forget National Pollinator...

A honey bee dusted with pollen from the blanket flower, Gaillardia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee dusted with pollen from the blanket flower, Gaillardia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee dusted with pollen from the blanket flower, Gaillardia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:03 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on March 10; Why Not Think Gaillardia?

If you've been thinking about blanketing your garden with blanketflower (Gaillardia), you're in luck. The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is...

A pollen-covered honey bee  forages on a Gallardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-covered honey bee forages on a Gallardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-covered honey bee forages on a Gallardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly,  Agraulis vanillae, flutters on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, flutters on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, flutters on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A syrphid fly, also called a  hover fly or flower fly, stakes out a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A syrphid fly, also called a hover fly or flower fly, stakes out a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A syrphid fly, also called a hover fly or flower fly, stakes out a Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollinators aren't the only insects that like Gaillardia. Here a praying mantis lies in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollinators aren't the only insects that like Gaillardia. Here a praying mantis lies in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollinators aren't the only insects that like Gaillardia. Here a praying mantis lies in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Prey for Me

Whenever folks post photos of praying mantids, their readers expect to see prey. You know, the hapless bee or butterfly that made the fatal mistake...

A praying mantis perches on a blanketflower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis perches on a blanketflower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis perches on a blanketflower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, hello there! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis startles a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis startles a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis startles a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up view of an antenna of a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A close-up view of an antenna of a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up view of an antenna of a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM
Tags: antennae (3), blanketflower (5), Gaillardia (23), honey bee (245), praying mantis (140), prey (35)

A Bee on a Blanket

The first day of May calls for a little color. And the blanket flower (Gaillardia) fills the bill. Native to North and South America, it's a member...

A honey bee heading for the blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heading for the blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heading for the blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's off for another blanket flower blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's off for another blanket flower blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's off for another blanket flower blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM

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