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What Price Pollination?

Silver wings

What are insect pollinators worth to the global economy? Well, it's a lot less than the Wall Street bailout...er...rescue plan. Recent research published in the journal Ecological Economics  reveals just how important insect...

Silver wings
Silver wings

The honey bee, resplendent here with silvery wings, is gold to the global economy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee on almond blossom
Bee on almond blossom

A honey bee visits an almond blossom. California's 700,000 acres of almonds require two hives per acre for pollination. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM
Tags: almonds (23), economy (2), honey bee (200), pollination (13), price of pollination (1)

Seeing Spots

Ladybug

If you spot a ladybug, don't just start reciting "Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home." Aim, click and shoot. With a camera, that is. Agricultural Research Service scientists and entomologists at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and South...

Ladybug
Ladybug

A ladybug crawls along the leaf of a Russian sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pupa
Pupa

A ladybug pupa on Russian sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Heaven Can Wait

What do you mean, I'm too big?

They danced in it, rolled in it, and bathed in it. The honey bees just couldn’t get enough of the rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora).  Last week when we visited Vacaville’s El Rancho Nursery and...

What do you mean, I'm too big?
What do you mean, I'm too big?

A honey bee can't wait for the Calandrinia grandiflora to open. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sharing
Sharing

Two honey bees, packed with red pollen, share the same flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flight of the honey bee
Flight of the honey bee

A honey bee exits the rock purslane flower and heads for another one. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Getting the Red In

Bee pollinating a pomegranate

If you love pomegranates, you can thank a honey bee. If you love capturing images of pomegranates, you can thank a honey bee. And, if you love juicing them and making pomegranate jelly—as I do—you can thank a honey bee. The honey...

Bee pollinating a pomegranate
Bee pollinating a pomegranate

A honey bee pollinates a pomegranate blossom on May 26, 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Split personality
Split personality

Four months after the pomegranate tree blossomed, this is the result: crimson jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM
Tags: honey bees (335), pollination (13), pomegranates (9)

From Beetles to Skeeters

Chris Barker

So, you want to become an entomologist... Entomologists, future entomologists and others interested in science are looking forward to the fall seminars sponsored Oct. 1 through Dec. 3 by the Department of Entomology, University of California,...

Chris Barker
Chris Barker

UC Davis mosquito researcher Chris Barker will speak on "Environmental Drivers of Large-Scale Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Mosquito Abundance and Virus Transmission in Californiaā€¯ on Nov. 26 from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 122 Briggs, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 4:18 PM

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