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Brown Recluse Spiders? Not in California!

Adult brown recluse spider, <i>Loxosceles reclusa</i>. (Credit: R Vetter)

If you were to ask an audience of more than a few people if they or anyone they know has ever seen or been bitten by a brown recluse spider in California, many hands would be raised. This is quite remarkable because the brown recluse spider has NEVER...

Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:20 PM
Tags: bite (9), brown recluse (2), california (28), pest management (21), spider (22), UC IPM (220)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Gardening books on sale!

Vegetable Pest Identification cards

Spring is here and so are the pests. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources has the books that can help you learn about the insects, diseases, wildlife, and weeds that might be causing problems in your garden or...

Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:32 PM
Tags: books (2), garden (45), gardening (23), home (3), identification (4), landscape (25), pest (74), UC IPM (220), wildlife (8)

Ag Award Recipient Rachael Freeman Long: A UC Davis Professor Sparked Her Interest in Biocontrol

Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her  family farm in Yolo County in  April of 2015.

Rachael Freeman Long treasures her memories as a graduate student in entomology at the University of California, Davis. She remembers eating fried grasshoppers at a party. "They're okay with a lot of spices!" She remembers watching Professor Harry H....

Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her  family farm in Yolo County in  April of 2015.
Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her family farm in Yolo County in April of 2015. "Hedgerows are important for enhancing beneficial insects, including bees and natural enemies, for better biocontrol and crop pollination in adjacent field crops, with measurable economic benefits," she says. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her family farm in Yolo County in April of 2015. "Hedgerows are important for enhancing beneficial insects, including bees and natural enemies, for better biocontrol and crop pollination in adjacent field crops, with measurable economic benefits," she says. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

African Odyssey Program: From Lions, Tigers and Elephants to Dung Beetles

Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)

When you're an entomologist exploring Africa, you photograph the lions, tigers and elephants, but you don't forget the insects. Never forget the insects! Such was the case when James R. Carey, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology, and his...

Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)
Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)

Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)

Moth emergence at The Arc (lodge), Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by James R. Carey)
Moth emergence at The Arc (lodge), Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by James R. Carey)

Moth emergence at The Arc (lodge), Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by James R. Carey)

This image of a white rhino (critically endangered species) was taken on the Careys' safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. (Photo by Patty Carey)
This image of a white rhino (critically endangered species) was taken on the Careys' safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. (Photo by Patty Carey)

This image of a white rhino (critically endangered species) was taken on the Careys' safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Zebras watching out for predators in the Serengeti National Park on overland safari. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Zebras watching out for predators in the Serengeti National Park on overland safari. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Zebras watching out for predators in the Serengeti National Park on overland safari. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Elephant family at river in Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Elephant family at river in Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Elephant family at river in Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Mountain gorilla (critically endangered species): this image was taken on the Careys' trek in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Mountain gorilla (critically endangered species): this image was taken on the Careys' trek in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Mountain gorilla (critically endangered species): this image was taken on the Careys' trek in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Male African lion sleeping on rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Male African lion sleeping on rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Male African lion sleeping on rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:13 PM

My Old Flame: Looking for Love or a Fast-Food Snack or a Little Sun

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Looking for love...or a fast-food snack...or a little sun... A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, is a sight to see. The males are fire-engine red or firecracker red, and when they perch on a bamboo stake in your pollinator garden,...

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:33 PM

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