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Flies Spoiling Your Cherry Season?

Ripened cherry with sunken oviposition sites of spotted wing drosophila. [L. Strand]

As cherries begin to ripen on backyard fruit trees, you'll want to monitor the fruit for pests, especially an invasive species called the spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii). The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is a new pest to California (since...

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Tags: cherry (2), fly (12), fruit (1), maggot (1), pest (2), spotted wing drosophila (1), sunken (1), UC IPM (2)

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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Tithonia: What a Draw!

A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, dive-bombs a bumble bee, Bombus fervides. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you have Mexican sunflowers (genus Tithonia) in your garden, you can expect a diversity of insects--and not just honey bees. Lately we've been photographing all the insects that visit the Tithonia in our bee garden. They include butterflies...

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The Colors of Pollinator Week

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) spreads its wings on a purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As we near the end of celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 16-22, look around and see all the insects foraging on reddish-orange flowers. And occasionally, you might see a reddish-orange insect like the showy Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Orange, a...

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Spring Treatments for Backyard Fruit Tree Insects: Spotted Wing Drosophila

Figure 1. The adult male (shown here) of the spotted wing drosophila has a black spot on its forewings but the female doesn't.

[From March 2013 issue of the Retail Nursery and Garden Center IPM News.] Spotted winged drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is a fruit fly that first arrived in California in the late 2000s and now is present throughout most of the state (Figure 1)....

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Tags: cherry (2), Drosophila (1), fly (12), SWD (1)

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