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Godzilla Lives!

This three-inch-long tobacco hornworm appears to be ready to eat more tomato leaves (or the photographer). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Remember Godzilla? The 1954 iconic film, Godzilla, featured what Wikipedia calls "an...

This three-inch-long tobacco hornworm appears to be ready to eat more tomato leaves (or the photographer). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This three-inch-long tobacco hornworm appears to be ready to eat more tomato leaves (or the photographer). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This three-inch-long tobacco hornworm appears to be ready to eat more tomato leaves (or the photographer). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Godzilla" roaming around her habitat. Tobacco hornworms (Manduca sexta) become Carolina sphinx moths, also known as hawkmoths or tobacco hawkmoths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Godzilla" roaming around her habitat. Tobacco hornworms (Manduca sexta) become Carolina sphinx moths, also known as hawkmoths or tobacco hawkmoths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2:37 PM

What Makes a Plant Drought Tolerant?

Buckeye in upper Bidwell Park, J. Alosi

You've seen these terms often: “drought tolerant” and “water-wise.”...

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 5:00 AM

A Sight to See Is This Bee

A female metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon, on a purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ever seen a green metallic sweat bee? The colors are exquisite. This is a female...

A female metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon, on a purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon, on a purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon ,on a purple coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male metallic green sweat bee, genus Agapostemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 4:39 PM

The Tale of a Quail and a Mantis

Praying mantis meets quail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It would never happen in real life. A quail and a praying mantis together? Except when one is a...

Praying mantis meets quail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis meets quail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis meets quail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Well, hello there!” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
“Well, hello there!” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Well, hello there! “ Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Pardon me while I groom myself.”  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
“Pardon me while I groom myself.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Pardon me while I groom myself.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“We are one.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
“We are one.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“We are one.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 4:25 PM

How Franklin's Bumble Bee May Be Found

The late Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) annually searched for Franklin's bumble bee but hadn't seen it since 2006. That's his image of the bee on his computer screen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Is Franklin's bumble bee extinct or is it just elusive? Annual search parties conducted since 2006...

The late Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) annually searched for Franklin's bumble bee but hadn't seen it since 2006. That's his image of the bee on his computer screen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The late Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) annually searched for Franklin's bumble bee but hadn't seen it since 2006. That's his image of the bee on his computer screen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The late Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) annually searched for Franklin's bumble bee but hadn't seen it since 2006. That's his image of the bee on his computer screen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:02 PM

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