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Christine Merlin: Why Those Monarchs Migrate When They Do

Texas A&M University biologist Christine Merlin examines a monarch. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University)

From her post at Texas A&M University, located at College Station, 90 miles northwest of Houston, Christine Merlin basically has a front-row seat for the monarch butterfly migration. She sees them heading to Mexico to overwinter, and she sees...

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 3:54 PM

No Sweat? Yes, Sweat!

Sweat bees from the genus  Lasioglossum on an Iceland poppy. This image was taken with a NIkon D800 with a 60mm macro lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ever seen a mob of tiny sweat bees? The bees below, from the genus Lasioglossum  (as identified by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis), just about...

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Taking Possession of the Lavender

A black-faced bumble bee, Bombus californicus, stretches between two lavender stems as a honey bee moves in to gather nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Possession is nine-tenths of the law. It also applies to bees foraging on lavender. A black-faced bumble bee (Bombus californicus) this morning stretched between two lavender stems and lingered there--probably to warm its wings for flight. Along...

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Mosquitoes Are in the News Three-Fold at UC Davis and Here's Why!

Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika viruses. (CDC Photo)

Mosquitoes are in the news three-fold at the University of California, Davis. First, there's the upcoming free public event, the Zika Public Awareness Symposium, set Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 1001 of Giedt Hall. ...

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Fleeting Face of Mr. Van Dyke

A male bumble bee, Bombus vandykei, sips nectar from a lavender blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

He's racing through the lavender patch at breakneck speed, as if he's going to be charged with nectar robbing. The male Bombus vandykei, an engaging blond bumble bee, twists, turns and zig-zags through the long-stemmed lavender. There is no one in...

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2:31 PM

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