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Easter Egg Hunt Answers

Harlequin bug. (Photo: Jack Kelly Clark)

Yesterday we posted an “Easter egg hunt” challenge, and as promised, here are the adult insects and spiders with their matching eggs or egg cases pictured. How did you do? We welcome your feedback, so please sign in and post a comment below...

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Tags: beneficial (1), bug (1), Easter (1), egg (1), hunt (1), insect (1), pest (2), spider (19), UC IPM (4)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Spider Bites

The black widow spider is the most harmful spider in California. (Photo: Jack Kelly Clark)

Unlike mosquitoes, spiders do not seek people in order to bite them. Generally, a spider doesn't try to bite a person unless it has been squeezed, lain on, or similarly provoked to defend itself. Moreover, the jaws of most spiders are so small that the...

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8:50 AM
Tags: bite (2), Pest Notes (2), spider (19), UC IPM (4), venom (1), Vetter (2)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

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 (2), spider (19), UC IPM (4)

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 (19), 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 (2), black widow (2), brown (1), California (1), pest note (1), spider (19), UC IPM (4), venomous (1), Vetter (2)

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