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Luck Be a Lady (Beetle)

A lady beetle, newly rescued from the bathroom of a restaurant in Marin County, crawls on an Iceland poppy in a Solano County bee garden. Freedom! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Overhead in the lady's restroom of a restaurant at the Sausalito marina: Mother to daughter: "There's a lady in here." Daughter: "A lady? Well, why wouldn't there be a lady in here? This is a lady's restroom." Mother: "Look right over there, on...

A lady beetle, newly rescued from the bathroom of a restaurant in Marin County, crawls on an Iceland poppy in a Solano County bee garden. Freedom! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle, newly rescued from the bathroom of a restaurant in Marin County, crawls on an Iceland poppy in a Solano County bee garden. Freedom! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, newly rescued from the bathroom of a restaurant in Marin County, crawls on an Iceland poppy in a Solano County bee garden. Freedom! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Which way is up? Which way is down? A rescued lady beetle exploring its surroundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Which way is up? Which way is down? A rescued lady beetle exploring its surroundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Which way is up? Which way is down? A rescued lady beetle exploring its surroundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:18 PM

The Power of Red

A syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, sipping nectar from a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's a heartfelt reason why Friday, Feb. 7 is "UC Davis Wears Red Day."    It's about raising awareness for heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women. It's a battle we need to fight with an arsenal of weapons. Spearheading...

A syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, sipping nectar from a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, sipping nectar from a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, sipping nectar from a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka lady bug, is a
A lady beetle, aka lady bug, is a "lady in red." (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

A lady beetle, aka lady bug, is a "lady in red." (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, rests on a stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, rests on a stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, rests on a stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flesh fly, family Sarcophagidae, grooming itself.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A flesh fly, family Sarcophagidae, grooming itself.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flesh fly, family Sarcophagidae, grooming itself. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with red pollen from a nearby rock puslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee with red pollen from a nearby rock puslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with red pollen from a nearby rock puslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:05 PM

What's for Lunch?

Lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's for lunch? If you're a lady beetle (aka ladybug), a good bet is you'll have one of those yummy, plant-sucking aphids. In fact, you'll eat your fill.  Please do. Today we walked behind the Life Sciences Building on the UC Davis campus...

Lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Predator and the prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Predator and the prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Predator and the prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Saturated. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Saturated. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saturated. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Aphid Reunion

Aphid reunion on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The aphids know how to plan a family reunion.  Grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, mom and pop, brothers and sisters, cousins and more cousins--they're all gathering to feed on the lush growth of the spring roses, the juicy shoots, the tender...

Aphid reunion on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Aphid reunion on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Aphid reunion on a rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A gorged ladybug has just polished off a row of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A gorged ladybug has just polished off a row of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A gorged ladybug has just polished off a row of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

An Aphid-Kind of Day

Tower of Aphids

It was an aphid-kind of day. When a ladybug landed on a gaura in our bee friendly garden, it was business as usual. The business: eating aphids.The rose aphids sucking the plant juices from the tender shoot didn't last long.  This is why ladybugs...

Tower of Aphids
Tower of Aphids

A LADYBUG crawls up a gaura to snack on aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye

ROSE APHID is unaware that the ladybug is a predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crunch Time
Crunch Time

LADYBUG devours an aphid on a gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

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