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What's for Dinner? Drama on a Sunflower Blossom

A praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, spreads out across a sunflower blossom in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's for dinner? If you're a praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, perched on a sunflower, sometimes it can be a long wait. Breakfast fades into lunch,...

A praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, spreads out across a sunflower blossom in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, spreads out across a sunflower blossom in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, spreads out across a sunflower blossom in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotcha! The praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, snags what appears to be a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gotcha! The praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, snags what appears to be a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotcha! The praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, snags what appears to be a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis nymph,  Stagmomantis limbata, finishing dinner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, finishing dinner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis nymph, Stagmomantis limbata, finishing dinner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 3:50 PM

A Little Brown, Carefully Wrapped Package in the Garden

A praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The predator and the prey... Or the predator-to-bee. Currently, honey bees are foraging on our tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii, in our family's pollinator garden in...

A praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee steps over a praying mantis egg case, an ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee steps over a praying mantis egg case, an ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee steps over a praying mantis egg case, an ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis dining on a honey bee in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis dining on a honey bee in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis dining on a honey bee in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Ever Seen a Coronavirus-Equipped Mantis?

This is the coronavirus-equipped  mantis that's drawing lots of smiles in the Davis front yard of entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey of UC Davis. (Photo by Lynn Kimsey)

Sometimes you just have to display your sense of humor. Take the case of a huge praying mantis sculpture that anchors the Davis, Calif., front yard of entomologists Robert...

This is the coronavirus-equipped  mantis that's drawing lots of smiles in the Davis front yard of entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey of UC Davis. (Photo by Lynn Kimsey)
This is the coronavirus-equipped mantis that's drawing lots of smiles in the Davis front yard of entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey of UC Davis. (Photo by Lynn Kimsey)

This is the coronavirus-equipped mantis that's drawing lots of smiles in the Davis front yard of entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey of UC Davis. (Photo by Lynn Kimsey)

A praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, watches a honey bee buzz her head in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone, Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, watches a honey bee buzz her head in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone, Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, watches a honey bee buzz her head in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone, Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Praying Mantis Was Here

Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You never know where a praying mantis will deposit its egg case, the ootheca. In and around Vacaville, we've seen them on olive trees, honeysuckle vines, passionflower...

Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on a barn birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on a barn birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on a barn birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Tags: barn (1), birdhouse (2), born in a barn (1), ootheca (11), praying mantis (94)

Learn How to Raise Praying Mantids, Butterflies and Other Insects

Like to learn how to raise silkworm moths? Silkworm moth expert İsmail Şeker  will show his new video about the silkworm moth life cycle at 3 p.m. at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo courtesy of İsmail Şeker)

Ever wanted to raise praying mantids, butterflies, silkworm moths and other insects? Or arachnids such as tarantulas? Scientists at the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology...

Like to learn how to raise silkworm moths? Silkworm moth expert İsmail Şeker  will show his new video about the silkworm moth life cycle at 3 p.m. at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo courtesy of İsmail Şeker)
Like to learn how to raise silkworm moths? Silkworm moth expert İsmail Şeker will show his new video about the silkworm moth life cycle at 3 p.m. at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo courtesy of İsmail Şeker)

Like to learn how to raise silkworm moths? Silkworm moth expert İsmail Şeker will show his new video about the silkworm moth life cycle at 3 p.m. at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo courtesy of İsmail Şeker)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are a popular insect to rear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Madagascar hissing cockroaches are a popular insect to rear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are a popular insect to rear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, depositing an egg case, an ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, depositing an egg case, an ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, depositing an egg case, an ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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