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The Saga of the Milkweed, Bee and Caterpillar

A tattered honey bee seeking nectar from a milkweed blossom encounters a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this tattered old worker bee seeking some nectar from the broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. She looks as if she's not only been around the block a few times but around the county several dozen times. Her wings look too ragged to support...

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 4:56 PM

How to Plan a Menu for a Crab Spider

A crab spider dines on a sweat bee, a female Halictus tripartitus (as identified by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dear Crab Spider, Please don't eat the pollinators. You may help yourself to a mosquito, a crane fly, a lygus bug, an aphid, and a katydid, not necessarily in that order. And more than one if you like. In fact, how about an all-you-can-eat buffet of...

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Protecting pollinators around the home and garden

Adult honey bee.

In observance of National Pollinator Week, we thought we'd share how you can manage pests around your home, garden, and landscape and still protect pollinators. Natural enemies (predators, parasites, and pathogens) reduce pest populations and help...

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM
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Cover Girl

Cover Girl! Cover of the Journal of Economic Entomology shows an image of a worker bee heading toward a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If any insect should be the "cover girl" during National Pollinator Week, it ought to be the honey bee (Apis mellifera) Specifically, it should be the worker bee, although the queen bee and drones (males) have their place, too. But it's the worker bee,...

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Sharing the Bounty with the Bees

A male leafcutter bee, Megachile sp., in flight, heading toward the milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Move over, monarchs. Bees--and other pollinators--gravitate toward the enticing aroma of the milkweed, too. The milkweed is widely known as the larval host plant of the monarch butterflies--and a nectar source for the adults--but they have to...

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM

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