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Ever Seen a Pink Praying Mantis?

Davis resident Adrienne Austin-Shapiro photographed this pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica, outside a pizza business in Davis.

Have you ever seen a pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica? No? Now you have. Adrienne Austin-Shapiro of Davis yesterday spotted this pink praying mantis (below) on the second-floor wooden planking above Blondie's Pizza, 4th and G streets,...

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:56 PM

A WSU-Tagged Monarch: What a Traveler!

Where am I? A tagged male monarch butterfly, released from Ashland, Ore., perches on the head of a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What are the odds? What are the odds? A monarch—the most special monarch ever--fluttered over our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. on Monday afternoon, Sept. 5 and touched down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). As it sipped nectar, I...

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Have a Rice Day! (Except for the Armyworms)

Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a pest of rice. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia: Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility)

It's a day that rice growers look forward to. Bugs, not so much. Because they're targeted. Especially the fall armyworms. California's 2015 rice season indicated unprecedented levels of armyworms--the highest of the last 25 years, according to...

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:51 PM

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

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