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About Those Declining Meadow Spittlebugs along the California Coastlne...

A meadow spittlebug nymph at the Bodega Marine Reserve. (Photo by Mikaela Huntzinger)

Who knew they were declining? Well, ecologists Richard "Rick" Karban Mikaela Huntzinger of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology did. For years, they've been observing meadow spittlebugs along the California coastline. Now they're...

Bristly Oxtongue Lives Up to its Name

Mature plant of bristly oxtongue. (Credit: Larry L. Strand)

This summer, you may have noticed what looks like a large dandelion plant covered in blisters growing in your lawn or landscape. It's known as bristly oxtongue, and if you examine or touch it you'll see and feel why. The stems and flower bracts are...

Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Tags: annual (3), biennial (1), bristly oxtongue (2), control (28), identify (1), UC IPM (185), UC IPM (185), weed (11), weed gallery (1)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Honey Bee Day Reminds us to Protect Bees Year-Round

Adult honey bee collecting pollen on zinnia. (Credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saturday, August 18 is National Honey Bee Day! Many people are concerned about the health of honey bees, and rightly so, as there has been a decline in their populations during the last decade. This year on National Honey Bee Day, learn how you can...

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Hear that Buzz? Saturday is National Honey Bee Day!

Postdoctoral scholar Laura Brutscher of the Elina Lastro Niño lab at UC Davis talks about who lives in the hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear that buzz? Tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 18) is National Honey Bee Day. A small group of beekeepers originated the observance back in 2009 to spotlight bees and beekeeping. They petitioned and obtained a proclamation from the U.S. Department of...

Noah Crockette: From an 11-Year-Old Bohart Intern to an 18-Year-Old Entomology Student at Cornell

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, shares a laugh with Noah Crockette, now an entomology major at Cornell. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Go as far as you can [young scientists]. The world needs you badly.”—E.O Wilson. That sign greets visitors to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, and that's exactly what Noah Crockette, 18, an intern...

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 3:23 PM

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