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Curiosity Didn't Kill the 'Cat

An aggressive caterpillar attacks  another 'cat trying to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Curiosity didn't kill the 'cat. An aggressive 'cat did. We were delighted to find 10 monarch caterpillars (the first of the year!) on our narrowleaf milkweed a couple of weeks ago in our Vacaville pollinator garden--but not so delighted to see what...

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Photographer Allan Jones Exudes Patience, Skill and Talent

Photographer Allan Jones of Davis focuses his camera on insects in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Photographer Allan Jones of Davis exudes patience, skill and talent from the moment he enters the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden operated by the University of California, Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology...

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:23 PM

What is a pesticide?

Pesticides on shelf. (Credit: Anne Schellman)

When you hear the term “pesticide,” what comes to mind? Do you understand what pesticides are and, more importantly, how to use them correctly? A pesticide is any material (natural or synthetic) used to control, prevent, kill, suppress, or...

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 9:19 AM
Tags: antimicrobial (1), control (33), Environmental Protection Agency (2), EPA (10), less toxic (1), organic (10), pest (56), pesticide (14), registration (3), UCIPM (65)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

'Bee There' Saturday at the UC Davis Bee Garden

This catch-and-release activity is especially popular among children in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. They catch, examine and release bees, including honey bees, bumble bees and carpenter bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to learn more about bees, and what to plant to attract them to your garden? The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee garden operated by the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will host an open house, the last one of...

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Family Yard & Garden

Meet Some Crafty Insects at Bohart Museum of Entomology

A praying mantis dining on a cabbage white butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about "crafty"--as in cunning or sneaky--insects. Ever seen a praying mantis ambushing a cabbage white butterfly? Or an assassin bug targeting a spotted cucumber beetle? Or European paper wasps attacking a Gulf Fritillary butterfly? And, how...

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 4:41 PM

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