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Creepy is in the Eye of the Beholder

Black widow spider. Jack Kelly Clark

Halloween is a time when many people enjoy having creatures come to their homes in search of treats. But what about unwanted indoor visitors with six or more legs? Here are three types of creatures that might bring a chill to your spine if you find...

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:41 AM
Tags: centipede (1), Halloween (1), Jerusalem cricket (1), millipede (1), pest (1), spider (17), UC IPM (2)

How Do Insects, Spiders React to a Partial Solar Eclipse?

A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil during the partial solar eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sky darkens. The temperature drops several degrees. A breeze rustles the leaves of the African blue basil. Dogs bark. And off in the distance, a hawk shrills. A partial solar eclipse is about to happen in Vacaville, Calif. I am watching the...

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Tags: eclipse (1), Eric Mussen (1), honey bee (6), milkweed (1), orbweaver (1), praying mantis (1), predator (1), prey (1), spider (17), Tithonia (1)

Widow Spiders Information Updated

Underside of adult black widow spider. [J.K.Clark]

The black widow spider is known and feared by many people due to its venomous bite. However, in the past decade in California, a change in widow spider populations has occurred. A newer invasive spider called the brown widow may be displacing black widow...

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM
Tags: bite (1), black widow (2), brown (1), California (1), pest note (1), spider (17), UC IPM (2), venomous (1), Vetter (1)

Pity the Poor Honey Bees

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pity the poor honey bees.  They have to contend with pesticides, parasites, pests, diseases,  malnutrition, stress and that mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder in which adult bees abandon the hive, leaving behind the...

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
Tags: Desmometopa (1), freeloader flies (1), honey bee (6), Milichiidae (1), spider (17), web (1)

Get Ready for the 40-Foot-Long Black Widow Spider!

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

In real life, the black widow spider is about 1.5 inches long. You'd never know that if you looked in the backyard of UC Davis entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey. The UC Davis Entomology Club, advised by Robert Kimsey, is building a 40-foot-long...

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:06 PM

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