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Henrietta and the Ootheca

Henrietta, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in a patch of Mexican sunflowers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about the unexpected. “Look!” says Jim. He pauses by the kitchen counter. "Over there!” he says, pointing. I don't see anything except the half-filled coffee pot. Then I see it. "There," as in “over there,” is a...

Henrietta, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in a patch of Mexican sunflowers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Henrietta, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in a patch of Mexican sunflowers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Henrietta, a Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out in a patch of Mexican sunflowers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the ootheca that Henrietta (which means
This is the ootheca that Henrietta (which means "home ruler") deposited before we released her. The species? Stagmomantis limbata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the ootheca that Henrietta (which means "home ruler") deposited before we released her. The species? Stagmomantis limbata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the ootheca, magnified with a Leica DVM6 microscope operated by Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology.
Close-up of the ootheca, magnified with a Leica DVM6 microscope operated by Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology.

Close-up of the ootheca, magnified with a Leica DVM6 microscope operated by Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology.

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

Ooh, an Ootheca!

Ms. Mantis, on a redwood stake in a milkweed planter in Vacaville, Calif., is trying to find a place to lay her egg mass, an ootheca. This image was taken Sunday night, Sept. 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hide and seek. She hides 'em and we seek 'em. We've spotted as many as seven adult praying mantids at a time in our little pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. but never once have we seen any of them laying eggs. Until now. We know that a praying...

Ms. Mantis, on a redwood stake in a milkweed planter in Vacaville, Calif., is trying to find a place to lay her egg mass, an ootheca. This image was taken Sunday night, Sept. 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ms. Mantis, on a redwood stake in a milkweed planter in Vacaville, Calif., is trying to find a place to lay her egg mass, an ootheca. This image was taken Sunday night, Sept. 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ms. Mantis, on a redwood stake in a milkweed planter in Vacaville, Calif., is trying to find a place to lay her egg mass, an ootheca. This image was taken Sunday night, Sept. 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This looks like a good spot. This praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is native to North America. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This looks like a good spot. This praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is native to North America. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This looks like a good spot. This praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is native to North America. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ms. Mantis begins to work. Note the frothy cream-colored substance. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ms. Mantis begins to work. Note the frothy cream-colored substance. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ms. Mantis begins to work. Note the frothy cream-colored substance. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the process. This Stagmomantis limbata did so in the open. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the process. This Stagmomantis limbata did so in the open. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the process. This Stagmomantis limbata did so in the open. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At dawn the next morning, we found her still on the stake with her hardening ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
At dawn the next morning, we found her still on the stake with her hardening ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At dawn the next morning, we found her still on the stake with her hardening ootheca. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 4:59 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

The Predator and the Prey: Just Wing It!

A male Stagmomomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis student who rears mantids, stretches in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Judge: "Will the defendant please rise?" The defendant, a praying mantis--a male Stragmomantis limbata--rises solemnly, stretching his spiked forelegs. Judge: "Do you have anything to say for yourself about how this dismembered Gulf Fritillary...

A male Stagmomomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis student who rears mantids, stretches in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Stagmomomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis student who rears mantids, stretches in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Stagmomomantis limbata, as identified by mantis expert Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis student who rears mantids, stretches in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male Stagmomomantis limbata lies in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male Stagmomomantis limbata lies in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male Stagmomomantis limbata lies in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An intact Gulf Fritillary in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An intact Gulf Fritillary in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An intact Gulf Fritillary in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A not-so-intact Gulf Fritillary in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A not-so-intact Gulf Fritillary in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A not-so-intact Gulf Fritillary in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Who Invited Bugs to the UC Davis Picnic Day?

Bohart Museum associate Wade Spencer with his desert hair scorpion, Celeste, poses with the mascot,

Who invited bugs to the UC Davis Picnic Day? Well, UC Davis officials and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology did! Yes! All systems are "go" for the 104th annual UC Davis Picnic Day, an all-day event on Saturday, April 21 when scores...

Bohart Museum associate Wade Spencer with his desert hair scorpion, Celeste, poses with the mascot,
Bohart Museum associate Wade Spencer with his desert hair scorpion, Celeste, poses with the mascot, "Hamburger Cow Patty." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum associate Wade Spencer with his desert hair scorpion, Celeste, poses with the mascot, "Hamburger Cow Patty." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student Melissa Mongan (far left) who is majoring in community and regional development, checks out a walking stick. In back are Diego Rivera (center) and Lohit Garikipati. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis student Melissa Mongan (far left) who is majoring in community and regional development, checks out a walking stick. In back are Diego Rivera (center) and Lohit Garikipati. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student Melissa Mongan (far left) who is majoring in community and regional development, checks out a walking stick. In back are Diego Rivera (center) and Lohit Garikipati. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student Valeed Aziz (left), who is majoring in neurology, physiology and behavior, admires a walking sticks. With him are Bohart associates Lohit Garikipati (center) and Diego Rivera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis student Valeed Aziz (left), who is majoring in neurology, physiology and behavior, admires a walking sticks. With him are Bohart associates Lohit Garikipati (center) and Diego Rivera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student Valeed Aziz (left), who is majoring in neurology, physiology and behavior, admires a walking sticks. With him are Bohart associates Lohit Garikipati (center) and Diego Rivera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis students Bradyn O'Connor and Jacquelyn Shaff, both wildlife biology majors, get acquainted with an Australian leaf stick insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis students Bradyn O'Connor and Jacquelyn Shaff, both wildlife biology majors, get acquainted with an Australian leaf stick insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis students Bradyn O'Connor and Jacquelyn Shaff, both wildlife biology majors, get acquainted with an Australian leaf stick insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis geography doctoral student, Carlos Beccera, and his wife Stefani Florez and their son Matias Becerra, 23 months old, get up close and personal with a desert hairy scorpion held by Wade Spencer. Beccera considered majoring in entomology but chose geography. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis geography doctoral student, Carlos Beccera, and his wife Stefani Florez and their son Matias Becerra, 23 months old, get up close and personal with a desert hairy scorpion held by Wade Spencer. Beccera considered majoring in entomology but chose geography. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis geography doctoral student, Carlos Beccera, and his wife Stefani Florez and their son Matias Becerra, 23 months old, get up close and personal with a desert hairy scorpion held by Wade Spencer. Beccera considered majoring in entomology but chose geography. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Don't look now, but mascot
Don't look now, but mascot "Hamburger Cow Patty" has a visitor on her face--a Malaysian shield mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Don't look now, but mascot "Hamburger Cow Patty" has a visitor on her face--a Malaysian shield mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to eye with a praying mantis. The costumed character,
Eye to eye with a praying mantis. The costumed character, "Hamburger Cow Patty," didn't mind a bit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to eye with a praying mantis. The costumed character, "Hamburger Cow Patty," didn't mind a bit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet and Greet 'Watermelon' at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

This praying mantis, nicknamed

Have you ever said "Hi" to a watermelon? No? Well, you can "meet and greet" a watermelon at the Bohart Museum of Entomology during the seventh annual campuswide Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the University of California, Davis. But...

This praying mantis, nicknamed
This praying mantis, nicknamed "Watermelon," is an adult female Australian rainforest mantis, Hierodula majuscola, part of the collection of UC Davis entomology student Lohit Garikipati. He will display this mantis and others from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This praying mantis, nicknamed "Watermelon," is an adult female Australian rainforest mantis, Hierodula majuscola, part of the collection of UC Davis entomology student Lohit Garikipati. He will display this mantis and others from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As a Bohart Museum associate, UC Davis entomology student Lohit Garikipati works on a tray of praying mantis specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As a Bohart Museum associate, UC Davis entomology student Lohit Garikipati works on a tray of praying mantis specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As a Bohart Museum associate, UC Davis entomology student Lohit Garikipati works on a tray of praying mantis specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The red and green coloration on  this Australian rainforest mantis, Hierodula majuscola, led Lohit Garikipati to name her
The red and green coloration on this Australian rainforest mantis, Hierodula majuscola, led Lohit Garikipati to name her "Watermelon." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The red and green coloration on this Australian rainforest mantis, Hierodula majuscola, led Lohit Garikipati to name her "Watermelon." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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