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A lady beetle crawls on an Iceland poppy stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Who wouldn't like to have a lady beetle, aka ladybug? Although they're commonly called "ladybugs," entomologists call them "lady beetles." That's because they're beetles, not bugs. Nevertheless, who wouldn't like to have one? The California...

A lady beetle crawls on an Iceland poppy stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle crawls on an Iceland poppy stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle crawls on an Iceland poppy stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just as the grass looks greener on the other side, the aphids look fatter on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Just as the grass looks greener on the other side, the aphids look fatter on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just as the grass looks greener on the other side, the aphids look fatter on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sight not commonly seen: a lady beetle about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sight not commonly seen: a lady beetle about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sight not commonly seen: a lady beetle about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cluster of 24 eggs that a lady beetle deposited on a Passiflora leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cluster of 24 eggs that a lady beetle deposited on a Passiflora leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cluster of 24 eggs that a lady beetle deposited on a Passiflora leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:19 PM

The Almond and the Bee

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Remember Stephanie Hsia? She's the beekeeper/graduate student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design who traveled through almond orchards in California's Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys in May 2014 to illustrate and pen a book about the spatial...

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

Targeting Malaria at a Bay Area Symposium

The malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. (Photo by Anthony Cornel)

Mark your calendar. If you want to learn about malaria and the exciting new research underway, be sure to set aside Friday, April 24. It's the fourth annual Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium, co-hosted by the University of California, Davis,...

The malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. (Photo by Anthony Cornel)
The malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. (Photo by Anthony Cornel)

The malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. (Photo by Anthony Cornel)

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:22 PM

How Green Is Your Cosmos?

Long-distance view of a pink Cosmos with a

The vibrant colors of Cosmos, an annual flower with the same common name as its genus, are spectacular.  But we especially like the showstopping pink Cosmos with its bright yellow center. Well, sometimes, they have a green center--that's when...

Long-distance view of a pink Cosmos with a
Long-distance view of a pink Cosmos with a "green" center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Long-distance view of a pink Cosmos with a "green" center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up view of a female ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, on Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up view of a female ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, on Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up view of a female ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, on Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female ultra green sweat bee continues to forage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female ultra green sweat bee continues to forage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female ultra green sweat bee continues to forage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

It's Like Winning the Triple Crown

James Carey teaching a UC Davis chemistry class “how to make one-minute videos on the properties of the elements in periodic tables.” The result: 540 one-minute videos, probably a world record. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's like winning the triple crown. The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (PBESA) has announced that two distinguished professors and a graduate student from the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of...

James Carey teaching a UC Davis chemistry class “how to make one-minute videos on the properties of the elements in periodic tables.” The result: 540 one-minute videos, probably a world record. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
James Carey teaching a UC Davis chemistry class “how to make one-minute videos on the properties of the elements in periodic tables.” The result: 540 one-minute videos, probably a world record. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

James Carey teaching a UC Davis chemistry class “how to make one-minute videos on the properties of the elements in periodic tables.” The result: 540 one-minute videos, probably a world record. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 9:50 PM

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