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Saving a Butterfly: In a World Where Kindness Matters

Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a long awaited process, but it's a girl! And she's beautiful! It all began with finding two anise swallowtail chrysalids clinging last July to the fennel stems in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. To protect them from predators and the...

Oak Galls

Oak apple galls on valley oak. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)

What are those curious, colorful, odd-looking growths you've seen growing on oak trees? Ever wonder what those little seeds are that jump around on the ground underneath oak trees in July or August? You might be surprised to know these growths on oaks...

Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Tags: cynipid (1), oak gall (1), UC IPM (176), wasps (5)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Christian Nansen Lab: Groundbreaking Research on Plant-to-Plant Communication

An illustration of plant-plant communication by the Christian Nansen lab, in the Plant Methods journal

Professor Rick Karban of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, author of the landmark book, Plant Sensing and Communication (University of Chicago Press), says that plants can eavesdrop, sense danger in the environment, and can...

Diane Ullman: Off to France on a Fulbright to Research Plant Virus-Insect Interactions

UC Davis professor Diane Ullman, shown here in Saint-Enimie in southern France, has just received a Fulbright to study plant virus-insect interactions in France. This site is a few hours north of Langedoc, where she will be working.

A Fulbright to France... Congratulations to UC Davis entomology professor Diane Ullman who has just a received Fulbright to research plant virus-insect interactions in France. She will be studying plant viruses and the insects that transmit them. Her...

Dragonflies En Masse

A wind-swept meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum, perches on a fence post after feasting on prey on July 1, 2018 in Vacaville, Calif. This was taken just after sunrise with a 200mm macro lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there they were, literally dozens of dragonflies flying around two separate Vacaville (Calif.) yards, feasting on swirling clouds of prey (gnatlike insects) and then touching down on blades of grass or fence posts. They proved as elusive as a...

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Yard & Garden

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