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Gollywhoppers in Love

Close-up of crane fly

He didn't bring her flowers. They were already sharing a sunflower leaf. He didn't bring her candy. They'd already dined on nectar. It was Labor Day and the two crane...

Close-up of crane fly
Close-up of crane fly

The crane fly is sometimes called a mosquito hawk or a gollywhopper.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In love
In love

These two crane flies, also known as mosquito hawks, are in love. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Ain't No Moths on Me

Light brown apple moth, female

Bam! LBAM is back in the news. The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Aug. 29 that it has established a 19-square-mile quarantine straddling portions...

Light brown apple moth, female
Light brown apple moth, female

(Photo courtesy of David Williams, principal scientist, Perennial Horticulture, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.)

Light brown apple moth, male
Light brown apple moth, male

(Photo courtesy of David Williams, principal scientist, Perennial Horticulture, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.)

Larva of the light brown apple moth
Larva of the light brown apple moth

(Photo courtesy of David Williams, principal scientist, Perennial Horticulture, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.)

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Big on Butterflies

Feline entomologist

Our cat is an entomologist. She has no formal training in the science of insects, but she can catch insects with the best of 'em. Plus, her credentials include a butterfly...

Feline entomologist
Feline entomologist

Xena the Warrior Princess is a feline entomologist. She specializes in butterflies and sphinx moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sphinx moth
Sphinx moth

Our feline entomologist collects moths. This is probably a sphinx moth, the adult form of the tomato hornworm (Manduca sexta (Linnaeus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly mark
Butterfly mark

Xena the Warrior Princess sports a butterfly mark on her leg, credentials certifying her as a feline entomologist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Let Us Prey

Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly

Robert Bugg saw it first.   That’s entomologist Robert L. Bugg.   Bugg, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, does research on...

Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly
Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly

A praying mantis snares a pipevine swallowtail butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Last flutter
Last flutter

It was the last flutter for this pipevine swallowtail butterfly after a praying mantis snared it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Fly Away Home

California lady beetle

We netted the floundering California lady beetle (Coccinella californica) aka "lady bug," from our swimming pool. She didn't look like the familiar lady beetle,...

California lady beetle
California lady beetle

A California lady beetle, aka lady bug, spreads her wings to dry after a near-drowning in a swimming pool. The lady beetle is a beneficial insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 5:52 AM

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