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How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a great topic. Horticulture experts at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will join forces with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on Sunday, Sept. 24 to present a free workshop on "Pollinator Gardening." The event takes place from 10 a.m. to...

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Bohart Museum Associate Jeff Smith: A Monarch Kind of Day

Entomologist Jeff Smith's 70th birthday cake featured a monarch butterfly motif. A 30-year volunteer at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, he curates the butterfly and moth collection.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, had a "Monarch Kind of Day" Wednesday, Aug. 23 at a surprise party heralding his 70th birthday and his 30 years of...

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 5:03 PM

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

If Happiness Is a Butterfly...Check Out the Solano County Fair Exhibits

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If happiness is seeing a butterfly, then a visit to McCormack Hall during the annual Solano County Fair, Vallejo, Aug. 2-6, will make you absolutely ecstatic. We recently watched McCormack Hall superintendent Gloria Gonzalez of Vallejo, and her crew set...

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Meet the Bugs at the California State Fair

Visitors wander in and out of the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion. The 2017 fair ends July 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign at the California State Fair's Insect Pavilion, aka "Bug Barn," screams "Bugs, Stay Back!" A middle-aged woman takes the sign  literally. "What would you do if you saw THAT bug in our backyard?" she asks her daughter, about six years...

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