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Welcome to the World of Monarchs, Greta!

This monarch caterpillar was reared from an egg collected on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Welcome to the world of monarchs, Greta! We don't normally name the monarch butterflies we rear, but we decided that the first one reared from an...

This monarch caterpillar was reared from an egg collected on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This monarch caterpillar was reared from an egg collected on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This monarch caterpillar was reared from an egg collected on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The newly eclosed monarch caterpillar named
The newly eclosed monarch caterpillar named "Greta" latches onto a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The newly eclosed monarch caterpillar named "Greta" latches onto a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Greta, a monarch butterfly reared from an egg, is anxious to get where she's going. And fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Greta, a monarch butterfly reared from an egg, is anxious to get where she's going. And fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Greta, a monarch butterfly reared from an egg, is anxious to get where she's going. And fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterflies start out as a near microscopic egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch butterflies start out as a near microscopic egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterflies start out as a near microscopic egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After hatching from egg to larva (caterpillar), it eats its shell and then begins munching on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
After hatching from egg to larva (caterpillar), it eats its shell and then begins munching on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After hatching from egg to larva (caterpillar), it eats its shell and then begins munching on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch caterpillar munches milkweed; it will go through  five instars. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch caterpillar munches milkweed; it will go through five instars. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch caterpillar munches milkweed; it will go through five instars. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jade-green monarch chrysalis is one of nature's jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jade-green monarch chrysalis is one of nature's jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jade-green monarch chrysalis is one of nature's jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 3:04 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Got a Question about COVID-19? UC Davis-Based Webinar Set April 23

These are the speakers at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 webinar on Thursday, April 23. (Graphic by Walter Leal)

Can infected mosquitoes transmit COVID-19? That's one of the questions slated to be asked at the UC Davis-based COVID webinar, set from 1:30 to 4...

These are the speakers at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 webinar on Thursday, April 23. (Graphic by Walter Leal)
These are the speakers at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 webinar on Thursday, April 23. (Graphic by Walter Leal)

These are the speakers at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 webinar on Thursday, April 23. (Graphic by Walter Leal)

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:56 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Health, Innovation

A Grand Opening--And Bees Were Nowhere in Sight

Ready to cut the ribbon (from left) are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired  director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers;  and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.

It was a grand opening of the USDA-ARS bee research facility at the University of California, Davis, but the bees were nowhere in sight. That's...

Ready to cut the ribbon (from left) are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired  director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers;  and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.
Ready to cut the ribbon (from left) are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers; and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.

Ready to cut the ribbon (from left) are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers; and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.

And it's snipped!  From left are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired  director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers;  and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.
And it's snipped! From left are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers; and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.

And it's snipped! From left are almond pollination consultant Robert Curtis of Carmichael, retired director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California; Brad Pankratz of Can-Am Apiaries, Orland; Jackie Parks-Burris of Jackie Park-Burris Queen Bees, Palo Cedro and a past president of California State Beekeepers' Association; Darren Cox, Logan, Utah, past president of American Honey Producers; and Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers.

California State Beekeepers' Association members pose for a photo. From left are Steve Godlin, Jackie Park-Burris, Valeri Severson, Brad Pankratz, Buzz Landon, Brooke Palmer, and Trevor Tauzer.
California State Beekeepers' Association members pose for a photo. From left are Steve Godlin, Jackie Park-Burris, Valeri Severson, Brad Pankratz, Buzz Landon, Brooke Palmer, and Trevor Tauzer.

California State Beekeepers' Association members pose for a photo. From left are Steve Godlin, Jackie Park-Burris, Valeri Severson, Brad Pankratz, Buzz Landon, Brooke Palmer, and Trevor Tauzer.

The American Honey Producers Association with the ribbon. Wielding the scissors is Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers. The group later held a conference in Sacramento.
The American Honey Producers Association with the ribbon. Wielding the scissors is Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers. The group later held a conference in Sacramento.

The American Honey Producers Association with the ribbon. Wielding the scissors is Kelvin Adee of Bruce, S.D., president of American Honey Producers. The group later held a conference in Sacramento.

UC Davis-affiliated personnel pose with USDA personnel for a ribbon-cutting photo. From left are Charley Nye, UC Davis; Paul Pratt of USDA; Kevin Hackett of USDA; Anita Oberbauer of UC Davis; Eric Mussen of UC Davis; Robert Matteri of USDA; Neal Williams, Brian Johnson, Elina Niño  and Bernardo Niño, all of UC Davis; and Julia Fine and Arathi Seshadri, USDA.
UC Davis-affiliated personnel pose with USDA personnel for a ribbon-cutting photo. From left are Charley Nye, UC Davis; Paul Pratt of USDA; Kevin Hackett of USDA; Anita Oberbauer of UC Davis; Eric Mussen of UC Davis; Robert Matteri of USDA; Neal Williams, Brian Johnson, Elina Niño and Bernardo Niño, all of UC Davis; and Julia Fine and Arathi Seshadri, USDA.

UC Davis-affiliated personnel pose with USDA personnel for a ribbon-cutting photo. From left are Charley Nye, UC Davis; Paul Pratt of USDA; Kevin Hackett of USDA; Anita Oberbauer of UC Davis; Eric Mussen of UC Davis; Robert Matteri of USDA; Neal Williams, Brian Johnson, Elina Niño and Bernardo Niño, all of UC Davis; and Julia Fine and Arathi Seshadri, USDA.

Much collaboration, cooperation, and camaraderie is expected here at the newly opened USDA-ARS bee research facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis.
Much collaboration, cooperation, and camaraderie is expected here at the newly opened USDA-ARS bee research facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis.

Much collaboration, cooperation, and camaraderie is expected here at the newly opened USDA-ARS bee research facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis.

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 2:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Meet the President of the American Honey Producers

Beekeepers are gearing up for the California almond polination season, which usually starts around Feb. 14. Here, in this file photo, an industrious bee forages on an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

January is cold in Bruce, S.D., where the average nighttime temperature dips to 3 degrees. Beekeeper Kelvin Adee, who hails from Bruce, isn't...

Beekeepers are gearing up for the California almond polination season, which usually starts around Feb. 14. Here, in this file photo, an industrious bee forages on an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeepers are gearing up for the California almond polination season, which usually starts around Feb. 14. Here, in this file photo, an industrious bee forages on an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers are gearing up for the California almond polination season, which usually starts around Feb. 14. Here, in this file photo, an industrious bee forages on an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 4:37 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Jan. 7: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at USDA-ARS Bee Research Facility at UC Davis

The focus of this new USDA-ARS honey bee research program is to develop technology that improves colony survivorship through long-term studies of multiple stress factors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It promises to be a "bee-utiful event." And memorable. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) is gearing up...

The focus of this new USDA-ARS honey bee research program is to develop technology that improves colony survivorship through long-term studies of multiple stress factors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The focus of this new USDA-ARS honey bee research program is to develop technology that improves colony survivorship through long-term studies of multiple stress factors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The focus of this new USDA-ARS honey bee research program is to develop technology that improves colony survivorship through long-term studies of multiple stress factors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 5:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

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