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Love Out of the Blue

Birds do it...bees do it... You've probably seen the territorial male European carder bees on patrol. They dart through the stems of a nectar...

European male carder bees mating. The male, the larger bee, is about the size of honey bee. The European carder bees were introduced in New York in 1963 and became established in California in 2007, scientists say. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European male carder bees mating. The male, the larger bee, is about the size of honey bee. The European carder bees were introduced in New York in 1963 and became established in California in 2007, scientists say. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European male carder bees mating. The male, the larger bee, is about the size of honey bee. The European carder bees were introduced in New York in 1963 and became established in California in 2007, scientists say. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female European carder bee sipping some nectar from bluebeard, Caryopteris
A female European carder bee sipping some nectar from bluebeard, Caryopteris "Blue Mist." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female European carder bee sipping some nectar from bluebeard, Caryopteris "Blue Mist." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male European carder bee pauses during patrol for nectar refueling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male European carder bee pauses during patrol for nectar refueling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male European carder bee pauses during patrol for nectar refueling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Insect Art in the Garden

If you look closely, you'll not only see the cycle of life in your garden, but art as the center of life. Take the Gulf Fritillaries. They're a...

The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Tags: adult (6), Art Shapiro (294), butterflies (95), caterpillar (15), chrysalis (19), egg (11), Gulf Fritillaries (28), mating (6), passionflower vine (48), UC Davis (348)

Nobody Lost Their Head Today

Nobody lost their head today. Oh, in the people world, all across our nation's workplaces, they did. Eyes rolled, tempers flared, outbursts erupted...

Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mating praying mantids on sedum. The male looks like a thin blade of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mama-to-be and her handsome agile mate made quite a pair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A mama-to-be and her handsome agile mate made quite a pair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mama-to-be and her handsome agile mate made quite a pair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying  mantids in disguise. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantids in disguise. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantids in disguise. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's count the heads. Yes, there are two. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Let's count the heads. Yes, there are two. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's count the heads. Yes, there are two. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:53 PM
Tags: mantids (0), mating pair (0), ootheca (0), praying mantis (0)

Make Renewals, Not Resolutions

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 the last day of the year. Looking back, it was a year of wonder in our pollinator garden, a year filled with...

Two Gulf Fritillaries becoming one in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two Gulf Fritillaries becoming one in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two Gulf Fritillaries becoming one in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A showstopping move and a show of orange. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A showstopping move and a show of orange. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A showstopping move and a show of orange. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spreading the wings! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spreading the wings! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spreading the wings! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Soon there will be eggs, larvae, chrysalids and more adults. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Soon there will be eggs, larvae, chrysalids and more adults. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Soon there will be eggs, larvae, chrysalids and more adults. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Tags: bees (102), Gulf Fritillaries (28), Happy New Year (2), mating (6), pollinators (53)

Oh, the Life of a Praying Mantis...

Oh, the life of a praying mantis... You can hang upside down like an acrobat, shading yourself from the sun while waiting for prey and avoiding...

Praying mantis hangs upside down on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis hangs upside down on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis hangs upside down on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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

Mating pair of praying mantids. The green one (left) is the male. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mating pair of praying mantids. The green one (left) is the male. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mating pair of praying mantids. The green one (left) is the male. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

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