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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

Flight of the Ladybug, The Origami Master

Ladybug, ladybug fly away homeYour house is on fire and your children are goneAll except one, and her name is AnnAnd she hid under the baking...

This lady beetle, aka ladybug, appears to ponder its next move. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This lady beetle, aka ladybug, appears to ponder its next move. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This lady beetle, aka ladybug, appears to ponder its next move. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Which way to go? Or to go at all? Decisions, decisions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Which way to go? Or to go at all? Decisions, decisions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Which way to go? Or to go at all? Decisions, decisions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The ladybug decides to back up a bit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The ladybug decides to back up a bit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The ladybug decides to back up a bit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Watch me go! A ladybug unfolds its wings and is ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Watch me go! A ladybug unfolds its wings and is ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Watch me go! A ladybug unfolds its wings and is ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

They Are Not Your Enemy

They're not exactly cute, cuddly little critters. Some folks say they look like miniature alligators or "ugly, spiky orange-and-black buggy...

Dorsal view of the larva of a lady beetle, aka ladybug, on a strawberry plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dorsal view of the larva of a lady beetle, aka ladybug, on a strawberry plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of the larva of a lady beetle, aka ladybug, on a strawberry plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a lady beetle (aka ladybug) larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of a lady beetle (aka ladybug) larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a lady beetle (aka ladybug) larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You called? Yes, those are my offspring. A lady beetle peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
You called? Yes, those are my offspring. A lady beetle peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You called? Yes, those are my offspring. A lady beetle peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 6:10 PM
Tags: Coccinellidae (9), lady beetle (27), ladybug (28), larvae (4), strawberries (27)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Becoming a Lady Beetle, aka Ladybug, on Labor Day

If you're an entomologist, an agriculturist, a gardener or an insect enthusiast, you've probably seen the life cycle of a lady beetle,...

Welcome to the world! A lady beetle, aka ladybug, emerges from its pupal case. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Welcome to the world! A lady beetle, aka ladybug, emerges from its pupal case. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Welcome to the world! A lady beetle, aka ladybug, emerges from its pupal case. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle, aka ladybug, heads up the leaf, leaving its pupal case behind. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The lady beetle, aka ladybug, heads up the leaf, leaving its pupal case behind. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle, aka ladybug, heads up the leaf, leaving its pupal case behind. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly emerged lady beetle, aka ladybug, peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly emerged lady beetle, aka ladybug, peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly emerged lady beetle, aka ladybug, peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 6, 2021 at 2:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources, Pest Management

The Amazing Lady Beetles

If you have roses blooming in your yard in the winter--or trying to bloom--check to see if there's a lady beetle, aka ladybug prowling around. Any...

A lady beetle searching for aphids on a rosebud in the winter. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle searching for aphids on a rosebud in the winter. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle searching for aphids on a rosebud in the winter. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A toxic chemical, a defense mechanism, oozing from a lady beetle, the prey of a cellar spider in this summer image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A toxic chemical, a defense mechanism, oozing from a lady beetle, the prey of a cellar spider in this summer image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A toxic chemical, a defense mechanism, oozing from a lady beetle, the prey of a cellar spider in this summer image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 4:31 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

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