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Make Mine the Monarch

A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The National Geographic just ran a piece titled "Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead." "There are 1.4 billion insects for each one of us," wrote Simon Worrall in reviewing the book, Bugged: The Insects Who Rule and the World and the People Obsessed with...

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Beneficial Predators Fight Garden Pests

Lady beetle life cycle (clockwise) eggs, larva, pupa, adult.

You're probably familiar with lady beetles (aka lady bugs), common beneficial insect predators that prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insects. However, lady beetles are not the only beneficial predators that can be found in your garden and...

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:06 PM
Tags: aphids (2), assassin (1), beneficial predators (1), garden (3), insects (44), landscape (4), pesticides (1), pirate (1), predaceous ground beetle (1), spiders (5), UC IPM (6), wasp (1)

Crowd-Pleasing Hamilton Will Be at Dixon May Fair

Meet Hamilton, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Hamilton and another scorpion named Celeste on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you missed seeing Hamilton, not to worry. Hamilton will be at the 142nd annual Dixon May Fair on Friday, May 12. Not the crowd-pleasing Broadway musical, but a crowd-pleasing scorpion named Hamilton, a resident of the UC Davis Bohart Museum of...

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Bugs to the Fair: From UC Davis to the Dixon May Fair

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterflies and moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, will be at the Dixon May Fair (Floriculture Building) on Saturday, May 13 to showcase insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The theme of the 142nd annual Dixon May Fair set Thursday, May 11 through Sunday, May 14, is "Farm to Fair." But you could also say: "Bugs to Fair!" That's because the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, will have a...

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bug adult and nymphs. [J.K.Clark]

If you are seeing black and red bugs scurrying about near trees and buildings, they may be boxelder bugs. Boxelder bugs (Boisea rubrolineata) feed on the flowers, leaves and seedpods of female boxelder trees (Acer negundo) and occasionally are found on...

Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM
Tags: boxelder (1), bugs (7), insects (44), maple (1), nuisance (1), pests (6), spring (1), UC IPM (6)

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