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A Crab Spider and a Bee

Oh, the patience of a crab spider. It lies in wait on the Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in the hot sun. It scuttles back and forth,...

A crab spider on a Mexican sunflower is ready to ambush prey.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider on a Mexican sunflower is ready to ambush prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider on a Mexican sunflower is ready to ambush prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The crab spider scuttles back and forth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The crab spider scuttles back and forth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The crab spider scuttles back and forth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, seeking nectar and pollen, lands on the Mexican sunflower, unaware of the predator. It quickly buzzed off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee, seeking nectar and pollen, lands on the Mexican sunflower, unaware of the predator. It quickly buzzed off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, seeking nectar and pollen, lands on the Mexican sunflower, unaware of the predator. It quickly buzzed off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 4:31 PM
Tags: crab spider (19), honey bee (227), Mexican sunflower (72), predator (25), prey (33), Tithonia rotundifola (15)
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Sneak Peak at a Couple of Solano County Fair Entries

A sneak peak at a couple of Solano County Fair entries...think insects! The COVID-19 pandemic derailed fairs and festivals, but now they're back on...

Heather DeGroot of Vallejo, coordinator of the McCormack Hall exhibits, Solano County Fair, shows a watercolor by Richard Laswell of Rio Vista that depicts three dragonflies. In back is an oils-acrylic butterfly by Ashley Workman of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Heather DeGroot of Vallejo, coordinator of the McCormack Hall exhibits, Solano County Fair, shows a watercolor by Richard Laswell of Rio Vista that depicts three dragonflies. In back is an oils-acrylic butterfly by Ashley Workman of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heather DeGroot of Vallejo, coordinator of the McCormack Hall exhibits, Solano County Fair, shows a watercolor by Richard Laswell of Rio Vista that depicts three dragonflies. In back is an oils-acrylic butterfly by Ashley Workman of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heather DeGroot displays an image of a syrphid fly and honey bee, the work of 17-year-old Matthew Agbayani of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Heather DeGroot displays an image of a syrphid fly and honey bee, the work of 17-year-old Matthew Agbayani of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heather DeGroot displays an image of a syrphid fly and honey bee, the work of 17-year-old Matthew Agbayani of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talented artist Iris Mayhew of American Canyon entered these pieces in the Solano County Fair. She drew inspiration from her safari in Kenya. Her work will be displayed June 16-19 in McCormack Hall. She'll be depicting monarchs and Gulf Fritillaries next. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Talented artist Iris Mayhew of American Canyon entered these pieces in the Solano County Fair. She drew inspiration from her safari in Kenya. Her work will be displayed June 16-19 in McCormack Hall. She'll be depicting monarchs and Gulf Fritillaries next. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talented artist Iris Mayhew of American Canyon entered these pieces in the Solano County Fair. She drew inspiration from her safari in Kenya. Her work will be displayed June 16-19 in McCormack Hall. She'll be depicting monarchs and Gulf Fritillaries next. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid flies are often mistaken for honey bees. Here a fly shares a blanketflower (Gaillardia) with a jumping spider, unaware of its presence. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Syrphid flies are often mistaken for honey bees. Here a fly shares a blanketflower (Gaillardia) with a jumping spider, unaware of its presence. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid flies are often mistaken for honey bees. Here a fly shares a blanketflower (Gaillardia) with a jumping spider, unaware of its presence. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 4:13 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Innovation, Yard & Garden

A Honey of a Ride and a Whale of a Legacy

It was a honey of a ride. My inaugural Bug Squad blog on Aug. 6, 2008 dealt with a swarm of bees that "hitched" a ride on Aug. 1...

In this image, taken Aug. 1, 2008, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (left) talks to vanpool driver Keir Reavie, head of the Biological and Agriculture Sciences Department at Shields Library, about the bees that
In this image, taken Aug. 1, 2008, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (left) talks to vanpool driver Keir Reavie, head of the Biological and Agriculture Sciences Department at Shields Library, about the bees that "hitched" a ride on a commuter van traveling from El Cerrito to the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In this image, taken Aug. 1, 2008, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (left) talks to vanpool driver Keir Reavie, head of the Biological and Agriculture Sciences Department at Shields Library, about the bees that "hitched" a ride on a commuter van traveling from El Cerrito to the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen holds out his hand as the bees gather. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen holds out his hand as the bees gather. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen holds out his hand as the bees gather. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 1:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Ever Seen a Honey Bee Foraging on a Daffodil?

Ever seen a honey bee foraging on a daffodil? In the early spring, blooms are few and far between. Daffodils are not usually considered "bee...

A pollen-packing honey bee heads a patch of daffodils on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-packing honey bee heads a patch of daffodils on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing honey bee heads a patch of daffodils on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee adjusts her load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee adjusts her load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee adjusts her load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden honey bee with a load of golden pollen from golden daffodils. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A golden honey bee with a load of golden pollen from golden daffodils. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden honey bee with a load of golden pollen from golden daffodils. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 4:41 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

How to 'Bee My Valentine': Let's Help Out the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day

You can "Bee My Valentine" today--and throughout the month of February--by contributing to the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. What is the UC...

A honey bee, packing a load of orange pollen, heads for another almond blossom on Feb. 7, 2022 in Vacaville, Calif. Honey Bees are an integral part of the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee, packing a load of orange pollen, heads for another almond blossom on Feb. 7, 2022 in Vacaville, Calif. Honey Bees are an integral part of the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, packing a load of orange pollen, heads for another almond blossom on Feb. 7, 2022 in Vacaville, Calif. Honey Bees are an integral part of the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a flowering quince. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on a flowering quince. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a flowering quince. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 3:01 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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