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Let's Hear It for Biocontrol, Integrated Pest Management

An assassin bug drills a pest, a spotted cucumber beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's hear it for biocontrol. You've seen lady beetles, aka ladybugs, preying on aphids. But have you seen an assassin bug attack a spotted...

An assassin bug drills a pest, a spotted cucumber beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An assassin bug drills a pest, a spotted cucumber beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An assassin bug drills a pest, a spotted cucumber beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, snares an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle, aka ladybug, snares an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, snares an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider munches on a stink bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider munches on a stink bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider munches on a stink bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A great blue heron engages in a little pest management: it catches a rodent at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A great blue heron engages in a little pest management: it catches a rodent at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A great blue heron engages in a little pest management: it catches a rodent at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The great blue heron gets its prey in position before swallowing it whole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The great blue heron gets its prey in position before swallowing it whole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The great blue heron gets its prey in position before swallowing it whole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An Insect You May Overlook

Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're walking along the cliffs of Bodega Head, Sonoma County, you may overlook them. While you're watching for whales, scouting for seabirds and...

Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of sand wasp, Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of sand wasp, Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of sand wasp, Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sand wasp foraging for food on the seaside woolly sunflower, also nicknamed lizard tail and seaside golden yarrow. Its botanical name is Eriophyllum staechadifolium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sand wasp foraging for food on the seaside woolly sunflower, also nicknamed lizard tail and seaside golden yarrow. Its botanical name is Eriophyllum staechadifolium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sand wasp foraging for food on the seaside woolly sunflower, also nicknamed lizard tail and seaside golden yarrow. Its botanical name is Eriophyllum staechadifolium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble Bees at Bodega

Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're on your way to Bodega Bay in Sonoma County, stop at Bodega Head and see all the yellow-faced bumble bees on a yellow coastal plant,...

Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of bumble bee, vosnesenski. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of bumble bee, vosnesenski. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of bumble bee, vosnesenski. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This yellow-faced bumble bee is packing red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This yellow-faced bumble bee is packing red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This yellow-faced bumble bee is packing red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

The Overlooked Bees of Bodega Head

A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those who hike the trails of Bodega Head, a small promontory in Sonoma County overlooking the Pacific Ocean, enjoy the colorful wildflowers, the...

A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee scouts the landscape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee scouts the landscape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee scouts the landscape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flying low, flying fast.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flying low, flying fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flying low, flying fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sandy cliffs of Bodega Head hold bee villages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sandy cliffs of Bodega Head hold bee villages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sandy cliffs of Bodega Head hold bee villages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Bye, Bye 2012

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The last honey bee of 2012. Despite the cold weather at Bodega Bay last Friday, we managed to see a few honey bees nectaring a New Zealand tea tree,...

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Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

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