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The Day That Dragonflies Sprang to Life

Dragonflies sprang to life in dazzling colors during the family arts-and-crafts activities at the recent Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on...

The arts-and-crafts activity at the Bohart Museum's dragonfly open house was a popular site. In the back (at left) is noted dragonfly expert Rosser Garrison of Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The arts-and-crafts activity at the Bohart Museum's dragonfly open house was a popular site. In the back (at left) is noted dragonfly expert Rosser Garrison of Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The arts-and-crafts activity at the Bohart Museum's dragonfly open house was a popular site. In the back (at left) is noted dragonfly expert Rosser Garrison of Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

High school student Kate Phillips of the Da Vinci Charter Academy leads the dragonfly candle project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
High school student Kate Phillips of the Da Vinci Charter Academy leads the dragonfly candle project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

High school student Kate Phillips of the Da Vinci Charter Academy leads the dragonfly candle project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart volunteer Barbara Heinsch of Davis coloring a dragonfly page. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart volunteer Barbara Heinsch of Davis coloring a dragonfly page. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart volunteer Barbara Heinsch of Davis coloring a dragonfly page. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sacramento residents Kay Lu of Sacramento and her daughter, Lena 7, loved creating the projects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sacramento residents Kay Lu of Sacramento and her daughter, Lena 7, loved creating the projects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sacramento residents Kay Lu of Sacramento and her daughter, Lena 7, loved creating the projects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ingredients for the dragonfly candles await the artists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ingredients for the dragonfly candles await the artists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ingredients for the dragonfly candles await the artists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 4:46 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

'My Old Flame' Returns

"My old flame" returned Saturday, July 2. A strong north wind aided him. It wasn't the "old flame" from last year, but a new generation. Still,...

A red flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer  (Libellula saturata) perches on a tomato stake in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A red flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a tomato stake in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A red flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a tomato stake in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A strong north wind engulfs the red flameskimmer, turning his wings into head gear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A strong north wind engulfs the red flameskimmer, turning his wings into head gear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A strong north wind engulfs the red flameskimmer, turning his wings into head gear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Big Red, the flameskimmer, agrees to another portrait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Big Red, the flameskimmer, agrees to another portrait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Big Red, the flameskimmer, agrees to another portrait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's on the menu? Big Red, the flameskimmer, returns to his perch to eats his lunch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's on the menu? Big Red, the flameskimmer, returns to his perch to eats his lunch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's on the menu? Big Red, the flameskimmer, returns to his perch to eats his lunch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 5:34 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

Just a Sweat Bee Foraging on a Black-Eyed Susan

"Sweat bees have earned their common name from the tendency, especially of the smaller species,to alight on one's skin and lap up perspiration for...

A sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, foraging on a Black-E
A sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, foraging on a Black-E

A sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, foraging on a Black-Eyed Susan in a Vacaville, Calif. pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, moves around the Black-Eyed Susan. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, moves around the Black-Eyed Susan. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, moves around the Black-Eyed Susan. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, covered with pollen, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, covered with pollen, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, covered with pollen, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, munches on a sweat bee, Halictus ligatus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, munches on a sweat bee, Halictus ligatus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, munches on a sweat bee, Halictus ligatus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 4:32 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Like a Lens to a Flame

It's a delight to see the flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata). This male made its appearance in our Vacaville pollinator garden on May...

The male flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) is firecracker red. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) is firecracker red. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) is firecracker red. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A different angle, but the same gorgeous flameskimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A different angle, but the same gorgeous flameskimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A different angle, but the same gorgeous flameskimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6:16 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Art Imitating Life or Life Imitating Art?

Does art imitate life or life imitate art? Oscar Wilde opined in his 1889 essay, The Decay of Lying: An Observation, that "Life...

This painting in the oils and acrylics category, won best of show in professional fine arts at the 2021 Dixon May Fair. It is the work of Robert Valdez.
This painting in the oils and acrylics category, won best of show in professional fine arts at the 2021 Dixon May Fair. It is the work of Robert Valdez.

This painting in the oils and acrylics category, won best of show in professional fine arts at the 2021 Dixon May Fair. It is the work of Robert Valdez.

A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, flutters away in this prize-winning work of artist Roberto Valdez. He won best of show in the professional fine arts category, oils and acrylics, at the 2021 Dixon May Fair.
A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, flutters away in this prize-winning work of artist Roberto Valdez. He won best of show in the professional fine arts category, oils and acrylics, at the 2021 Dixon May Fair.

A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, flutters away in this prize-winning work of artist Roberto Valdez. He won best of show in the professional fine arts category, oils and acrylics, at the 2021 Dixon May Fair.

Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 3:02 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Yard & Garden

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