Posts Tagged: UC Davis
Today was a Monarch Kind of Day...in Vacaville. When Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, searched for butterfly species today at one of his field sites--Gates Canyon in Vacaville--he spotted not one, but two...
Two monarchs arrived today at a pollinator garden in Vacaville to sip nectar from a patch of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Both monarchs settle down to do some serious nectaring on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Time to go! Both monarchs get ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch sips nectar from a sky-high Tithonia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
If you like or grow citrus, you ought to be worried about the worldwide threat of the deadly citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing or HLB) caused by infected Asian citrus psyllids (ACP). The global economic toll is already estimated in the...
UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal (center) examines a lure in Mogi Mirin, São Paulo on Brazil’s Independence Day (Sept. 7) with Haroldo Volpe (far right) and Renato de Freitas, both of Fundecitrus.
What are the odds? Here you are, standing in the garden section of a home improvement store, and you select a tropical milkweed to purchase. You place it on the ground and admire the brilliant yellow blossoms and luxurious green foliage. It's the best...
A female monarch fluttering around in the garden section of a home improvement store in Vacaville. She laid a number of eggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
When we last left Ms. Mantis, a female Stagmomantis limbata residing in our verbena patch, she was munching on a honey bee. A successful ambush stalker, she was. But not always. Her plan to take down a duskywing butterfly, genus Erynnis, didn't go so...
A female praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata (as identified by praying mantis expert Lohit Garikipati of UC Davis) eyes a mourning cloak butterfly nectaring on verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready, set...The praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, really wants this mourning cloak butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
"Whoa, where did it go? It was in my sights and now it's gone." The praying mantis loses her prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Safe and sound. The duskywing butterfly, genus Erynnis, nectars on a blossom away from the praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's well known that female mosquitoes possess a highly developed sense of smell. They manage to find us, don't they? Even when we're doing our best to try to avoid them! It's not so well-known that mosquitoes, both male and female, frequent plants to...
Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito (CDC Photo)
Culex quinquefasciatus, the southern house mosquito. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)