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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

Bohart Bioblitz in Belize!

Entomologists David Wyatt and Fran Keller pose for a photo in Belize.

They're calling it "Bohart Belize Bioblitz," or "B-cubed" or "B to the 3." It's an insect collecting trip to Belize for the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. Praised by entomologists for its insect diversity, Belize is a rain-forested country...

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Why Honey Is Neither Bee Vomit Nor Bee Barf

Honey is a special treat fresh off the frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Honey is bee vomit!" "Honey is bee barf!" How many times have you heard that? Strong-willed arguments flash rapidly, pointedly and furiously, much like guard bees defending their colony in the fall from would-be robbers.  Just when you...

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM

Who's the Boss of the Lavender?

A Valley carpenter bee and a honey bee sharing the same lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks refer to them as "those big, black scary bumble bees." They're not bumble bees. They're not scary. But well, they ARE big. About an inch long. The Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) is the largest bee in California. The female...

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 4:25 PM

UC Davis Zika Symposium: A Crucial Message

Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, coordinator of the Zika Public Awareness Symposium, addresses the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The seven speakers who addressed the UC Davis Zika Public Awareness Symposium on Thursday, May 26 in Giedt Hall, UC Davis campus, sounded an alarm that needs to be heard, heeded and spread. The unique symposium, the work of chemical ecologist...

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 5:28 PM

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