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How to Find a Praying Mantis in the Wild

If you're trying to find a praying mantis in the wild, go where the food source is. Sounds pretty easy, right? But oh, they're camouflaged. They lie...

A praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, hides beneath an African blue basil leaf in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, hides beneath an African blue basil leaf in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, hides beneath an African blue basil leaf in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in the African blue basil leaf, scouts for bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in the African blue basil leaf, scouts for bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in the African blue basil leaf, scouts for bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 4:41 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

An Interview with a Budding Scientist

Teach 'em young, they say. Encourage them to learn about insects, spiders and other critters at a young age. When you first meet Brandon DeGroot, 6,...

Brandon DeGroot,6, examines the bug he just collected outside McCormack Hall, Solano County Fairgrounds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Brandon DeGroot,6, examines the bug he just collected outside McCormack Hall, Solano County Fairgrounds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brandon DeGroot,6, examines the bug he just collected outside McCormack Hall, Solano County Fairgrounds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brandon DeGroot monitors how a bug crawls. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Brandon DeGroot monitors how a bug crawls. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brandon DeGroot monitors how a bug crawls. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brandon DeGroot gets a closer look at his bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Brandon DeGroot gets a closer look at his bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brandon DeGroot gets a closer look at his bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you first meet 6-year-old Brandon DeGroot, he'll tell you
When you first meet 6-year-old Brandon DeGroot, he'll tell you "I love spiders and snakes" and he'll flash a big smile. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you first meet 6-year-old Brandon DeGroot, he'll tell you "I love spiders and snakes" and he'll flash a big smile. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11:16 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Family, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Honey Bees Weren't the Only Insects at California Honey Festival

Honey bees weren't the only insects at the 2022 California Honey Festival, held Saturday, May 7 in downtown Woodland. Walking sticks, aka stick...

Tabatha Yang, the Bohart Museum of Entomology's education and outreach coordinator,
Tabatha Yang, the Bohart Museum of Entomology's education and outreach coordinator, "talks bugs" with visitors at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tabatha Yang, the Bohart Museum of Entomology's education and outreach coordinator, "talks bugs" with visitors at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis undergraduate students Pichawi
UC Davis undergraduate students Pichawi "Salee" Sangrawiakararat (left) and Lauren Spellman check out the Peruvian stick insects at the Bohart Museum of Entomology table at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis undergraduate students Pichawi "Salee" Sangrawiakararat (left) and Lauren Spellman check out the Peruvian stick insects at the Bohart Museum of Entomology table at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Smile! UC Davis students Pichawi
Smile! UC Davis students Pichawi "Salee" Sangrawiakararat (left) and Lauren Spellman take images of the Peruvian stick insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Smile! UC Davis students Pichawi "Salee" Sangrawiakararat (left) and Lauren Spellman take images of the Peruvian stick insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a Peruvian walking stick (stick insect). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a Peruvian walking stick (stick insect). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a Peruvian walking stick (stick insect). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tabatha Yang,  education and outreach coordinator and senior museum scientist Steve Heydon of the Bohart Museum of Entomology greet visitors at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator and senior museum scientist Steve Heydon of the Bohart Museum of Entomology greet visitors at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator and senior museum scientist Steve Heydon of the Bohart Museum of Entomology greet visitors at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 2:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Family, Innovation, Natural Resources

Briggs Hall Showcases Forest, Medical and Agricultural Entomology

If a room could beam, Room 122 of Briggs Hall certainly beamed on Saturday, April 23 during the 108th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. The UC Davis...

The crowd flows into 122 Briggs Hall in the early morning of April 23, UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The crowd flows into 122 Briggs Hall in the early morning of April 23, UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The crowd flows into 122 Briggs Hall in the early morning of April 23, UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doctoral student and forest entomologist Crystal Homicz answers questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral student and forest entomologist Crystal Homicz answers questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doctoral student and forest entomologist Crystal Homicz answers questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Robert
Forensic entomologist Robert "Dr. Bob" Kimsey talks about the importance of forensic entomology. He is the faculty coordinator of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's Picnic Day activities. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Robert "Dr. Bob" Kimsey talks about the importance of forensic entomology. He is the faculty coordinator of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's Picnic Day activities. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jars in front of forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey contain maggot specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jars in front of forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey contain maggot specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jars in front of forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey contain maggot specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ant posters from the Phil Ward lab drew the attention of these visitors. (Photo by Danielle Rutkowski)
Ant posters from the Phil Ward lab drew the attention of these visitors. (Photo by Danielle Rutkowski)

Ant posters from the Phil Ward lab drew the attention of these visitors. (Photo by Danielle Rutkowski)

A huge sculpture of a praying mantis occupied part of 122 Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A huge sculpture of a praying mantis occupied part of 122 Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A huge sculpture of a praying mantis occupied part of 122 Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doctoral student Addie Abrams of the agricultural entomology laboratory of Ian Grettenberger fields questions from the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral student Addie Abrams of the agricultural entomology laboratory of Ian Grettenberger fields questions from the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doctoral student Addie Abrams of the agricultural entomology laboratory of Ian Grettenberger fields questions from the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All the insects fascinated   Connor Lemcke, 3, of Davis.
All the insects fascinated Connor Lemcke, 3, of Davis. "He loves bugs," said his mother, Coreen Lemke, a UC Davis alumna. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All the insects fascinated Connor Lemcke, 3, of Davis. "He loves bugs," said his mother, Coreen Lemke, a UC Davis alumna. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cooperative Extension specialist and agricultural entomologist Ian Grettenberg (far left) responds to questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cooperative Extension specialist and agricultural entomologist Ian Grettenberg (far left) responds to questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cooperative Extension specialist and agricultural entomologist Ian Grettenberg (far left) responds to questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 4:50 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Family, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

Meet Dr. Bob--aka 'Dr. Death'--at UC Davis Picnic Day

If you visit the Dr. Death booth (it's actually a table!) at Briggs Hall during the 108th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 23, you'll...

Visitors at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day take images of forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and his display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day take images of forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and his display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors at the 2019 UC Davis Picnic Day take images of forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and his display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis forensic entomologist Robert
UC Davis forensic entomologist Robert "Bob" Kimsey at Alcatraz Island. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis forensic entomologist Robert "Bob" Kimsey at Alcatraz Island. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 6:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

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