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Want to Bee-Come a Beekeeper?

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño teaching a class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thinking about bee-coming a beekeeper? Or thinking about a Valentine's Day gift for your honey? There's still room in several of the courses to be taught this spring by the E.L. Niño Bee Lab at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Research...

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM

The First Bumble Bee of the Year!

A male three-banded bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Allan Jones)

Remember that recently concluded contest to find the first butterfly of the year? Arthur Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, annually sponsors the "Beer for a Butterfly" contest, offering a pitcher of beer for the...

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM

An Unexpected Find But Right on Time: First Cabbage White Butterfy of the Year

This is the first cabbage white butterfly of the year, found by the contest's sponsor Art Shapiro on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was an unexpected find, but it was right on time. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, figured it was too rainy and too cold to head over to West Sacramento to look for the first...

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:29 AM

The Fluttering of Butterflies and Why This 4-H Project Is Important

This butterfly-themed blanket is the work of Erica Lull for the

Bet you've never seen a butterfly like this! The colorful butterfly seemed to flutter from a blanket that Solano County 4-H'er Erica Lull was sewing last Saturday, Jan. 14, at a “Cuddle Me Close” community service project. Erica, 14, a...

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM

We Have No Rapae!

A cabbage white butterfly nectaring on catmint August. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"We have no rapae!" No rapae today! That's the latest report from Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis. He's sponsoring his annual Butterfly-for-a-Beer Contest and it's Day 13,...

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 6:19 PM

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