Bug Squad Blog
Back in February, butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, told a monarch butterfly summit on the UC Davis campus--organized by the Environmental Defense Fund--that the monarchs are "on life...
A male monarch nectars on a butterfly bush in Vacaville, Calif. on Oct. 12, 2019. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Showing his colors, the male monarch adjusts his position on a butterfly bush on Oct. 12 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male monarch takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The highly respected California Academy of Sciences greeted its 2019 Class of Fellows on Oct. 15, and one of them is a pollination ecologist from the University of California, Davis. Professor Neal Williams of the UC Davis Department of...
Neal Williams, newly elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, is "widely known and respected for his excellence in research, extension, outreach, teaching and leadership," wrote nominator James R. Carey. Here Williams works on a bumble bee project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's commonly called a "passion butterfly," but we call it a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillaea) or Gulf Frit. Or "spectacular." A sure sign of autumn: A skeletonized passionflower vine (Passiflora) A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)...
A newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary dries its wings while a caterpillar crawls around looking for food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image shows a Gulf Fritillary, a chrysalis, a caterpillar and a caterpillar J'ing, about to form a chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The silver-spangled underwings of the Gulf Fritllary--in sharp contrast to the orange-reddish wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, hello, there! Another Gulf Fritillary arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It won't be a Fright Night or a Delight Night. After all, it's in the afternoon. But the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on "Parasitoid Palooza" on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. promises to provide a touch of Halloween, what with all the...
Bohart Museum senior museum scientist Steve Heydon with his Pteromalids or jewel wasps. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The spotted cucumber beetle is a pest of pumpkins and other members of the cucurbits family. Here it's attacked by an assassin bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
You've seen honey bees buzzing past you to reach a good nectar or pollen source. But there's much more to it than that. What's in that floral nectar and pollen? Think plant-pollinator-pathogen webs. Rebecca Irwin, professor of applied ecology at North...
What's in store for this honey bee? It is heading for an Anisodontea sp.'Strybing Beauty.' Image taken in pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)