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Forget the Soaps: Let's Talk Soapberry Bugs!

Meredith Cenzer in front of her computer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soap opera is usually defined as a drama performed as a serial on daytime TV. But soapberry bugs and the people who study them are much more interesting!  Forget the soaps; let's talk about soapberry bugs and an entomologist at the...

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 5:29 PM

The Unseen World of Gulf Fritillaries

Gulf Fritillaries mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's celebrate the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). If you have a passionflower vine (Passiflora) in your yard, you've probably seen these spectacular orangish-reddish butterflies with silver-spangled underwings fluttering around--the males...

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Seeing Yellow: Why? Outbreak of Alfalfa Butterflies

Alfalfa butterfly trapped in a spider web and doused by a sprinkler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been driving near alfalfa fields in Yolo County and other Central California counties lately, you've probably noticed them. Splat! Splat! Splat! What was that? A squadron of flying insects? No, more like multiple squadrons of flying...

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM

So, You Want to Become a Beekeeper...

Worker bees and queen cells. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you want to become a beekeeper... You want to do your part to help the declining bee population. You want to learn about the honey bees that pollinate the food you eat, including fruits, vegetables and nuts (especially almonds!). You'd love...

Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Breaking News: Zika Virus Found in Wild-Caught Culex

Culex quinquefasciatus, the southern house mosquito,is known for transmitting the West Nile virus, but now the Zika virus has been detected in wild-caught C. quinquefasciatus in Recife, Brazil, the epicenter of the Zika epidemic. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The news is out.  It's what they've been searching for. In a groundbreaking discovery, a scientific team of Brazilians and Brazilian-born chemical ecologist Walter Leal of the University of California, Davis, has announced that the Zika virus...

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM

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