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High Honor for Cornell Professor Anurag Agrawal, UC Davis Alumnus

Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)

Congratulations to UC Davis doctoral alumnus Anurag Agrawal of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.,  a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). It's one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. Members...

Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)
Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)

Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)

A monarch, Danaus plexippus, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. The declining population of monarchs is troubling. Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, says monarchs are on life support. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch, Danaus plexippus, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. The declining population of monarchs is troubling. Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, says monarchs are on life support. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch, Danaus plexippus, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. The declining population of monarchs is troubling. Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, says monarchs are on life support. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar chewing on a stem of narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar chewing on a stem of narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar chewing on a stem of narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Winter Monarchs: Thankfully, They're Out There

A monarch caterpillar and a honey bee sharing tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in the summer of 2020 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thankfully, they're out there. Butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, spotted a female monarch butterfly at 1:35 today. As he mentioned in his email: "So, at 1:25 p.m. a female monarch flew directly...

A monarch caterpillar and a honey bee sharing tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in the summer of 2020 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar and a honey bee sharing tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in the summer of 2020 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar and a honey bee sharing tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in the summer of 2020 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the graph that WSU entomologist David James posted on his Facebook research page, Monarchs Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest.
This is the graph that WSU entomologist David James posted on his Facebook research page, Monarchs Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest.

This is the graph that WSU entomologist David James posted on his Facebook research page, Monarchs Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest.

Posted on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 4:05 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

A Floral Bouquet Graced with Four Monarch Eggs

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2020 was a troubling year for the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus.  The severe population decline led the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to seek endangered species status from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife...

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This "floral bouquet" of milkweed contains four monarch eggs. Image taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This "floral bouquet" of milkweed contains four monarch eggs. Image taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Focus Area Tags: Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Honey Bees Do Love That Milkweed

A honey bee nectars on tropical milkweed, while another bee gets ready to join her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Don't tell the honey bees. They will forage where they want to--whether it's on bee balm, a dandelion or that controversial tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. Just before we cut back the tropical milkweed for the season, the honey bees...

A honey bee nectars on tropical milkweed, while another bee gets ready to join her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee nectars on tropical milkweed, while another bee gets ready to join her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee nectars on tropical milkweed, while another bee gets ready to join her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These two honey bees can't get enough of this tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These two honey bees can't get enough of this tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These two honey bees can't get enough of this tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees and tropical milkweed blossoms make for a pretty image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees and tropical milkweed blossoms make for a pretty image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees and tropical milkweed blossoms make for a pretty image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5:32 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Hi, I'm a Jumping Spider

A jumping spider, member of the Salticidae family, perches on a tropical milkweed plant and eyes the photographer. Friend or foe? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hi, I'm a jumping spider. I see that you found me on the tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica.  I'm just here for the prey, and you are definitely not prey, so not to worry. I'm a member of the Salticidae family and my family...

A jumping spider, member of the Salticidae family, perches on a tropical milkweed plant and eyes the photographer. Friend or foe? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A jumping spider, member of the Salticidae family, perches on a tropical milkweed plant and eyes the photographer. Friend or foe? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A jumping spider, member of the Salticidae family, perches on a tropical milkweed plant and eyes the photographer. Friend or foe? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 5:16 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

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