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Wasps: Fascinating Insects But Often Demonized

If you hate wasps, and brush them off as just "uninvited guests at my picnic,"  take another look. For one, they're pollinators. Two, they're...

A honey bee and a Western yellowjacket meet on a rose at a UC Davis bee garden. Both are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee and a Western yellowjacket meet on a rose at a UC Davis bee garden. Both are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee and a Western yellowjacket meet on a rose at a UC Davis bee garden. Both are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A foraging European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A foraging European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A foraging European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The antennae of the European paper wasp are orange. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The antennae of the European paper wasp are orange. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The antennae of the European paper wasp are orange. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The antennae of the Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, are black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The antennae of the Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, are black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The antennae of the Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, are black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 12:31 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Bohart Museum Open House: Get Acquainted with Social Wasps

Let's be social! How much do you know about social wasps? Would you like to engage in a "meet-and-greet" with them and talk to a wasp expert? UC...

A northern giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, which the news media dubbed
A northern giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, which the news media dubbed "Murder Hornet." (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Agriculture)

A northern giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, which the news media dubbed "Murder Hornet." (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Agriculture)

A Western yellow jacket, Vespula pensylvanica, at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western yellow jacket, Vespula pensylvanica, at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western yellow jacket, Vespula pensylvanica, at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 2:35 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Bohart Museum Open House: A Monarch State of Mind

It was a monarch state of mind... Western monarchs are now settling in their overwintering sites along coastal California, but the iconic...

An enlarged image of a monarch butterfly (by Kathy Keatley Garvey) graced the entrance to the Bohart Museum's open house on monarchs. In back is Bohart associate Mike Pitcairn, retired entomologist from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An enlarged image of a monarch butterfly (by Kathy Keatley Garvey) graced the entrance to the Bohart Museum's open house on monarchs. In back is Bohart associate Mike Pitcairn, retired entomologist from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An enlarged image of a monarch butterfly (by Kathy Keatley Garvey) graced the entrance to the Bohart Museum's open house on monarchs. In back is Bohart associate Mike Pitcairn, retired entomologist from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis professor Elizabeth Crone of the Department of Evolution and Ecology, formerly of Tufts University, answers questions about monarchs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis professor Elizabeth Crone of the Department of Evolution and Ecology, formerly of Tufts University, answers questions about monarchs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis professor Elizabeth Crone of the Department of Evolution and Ecology, formerly of Tufts University, answers questions about monarchs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Elizabeth Crone encouraged visitors to look at the butterfly scales through a microscope. Next to her: girls examining the display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Professor Elizabeth Crone encouraged visitors to look at the butterfly scales through a microscope. Next to her: girls examining the display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Elizabeth Crone encouraged visitors to look at the butterfly scales through a microscope. Next to her: girls examining the display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis emeritus professor Hugh Dingle, a worldwide authority on animal migration, including monarchs, displays a monarch migratory map. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis emeritus professor Hugh Dingle, a worldwide authority on animal migration, including monarchs, displays a monarch migratory map. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis emeritus professor Hugh Dingle, a worldwide authority on animal migration, including monarchs, displays a monarch migratory map. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis emeritus professor Art Shapiro, who has monitored butterfly populations in central California for 50 years,  explains his work. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis emeritus professor Art Shapiro, who has monitored butterfly populations in central California for 50 years, explains his work. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis emeritus professor Art Shapiro, who has monitored butterfly populations in central California for 50 years, explains his work. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Bohart Museum display showing photos of life stages of monarchs, and a tachinid fly infestation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Bohart Museum display showing photos of life stages of monarchs, and a tachinid fly infestation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Bohart Museum display showing photos of life stages of monarchs, and a tachinid fly infestation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Catherine Tate, a fourth-year UC Davis student  majoring in chemical engineering, asks questions of Bohart associates Greg Kareofelas (center) and Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Catherine Tate, a fourth-year UC Davis student majoring in chemical engineering, asks questions of Bohart associates Greg Kareofelas (center) and Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Catherine Tate, a fourth-year UC Davis student majoring in chemical engineering, asks questions of Bohart associates Greg Kareofelas (center) and Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis professor Louie Yang (right) shows milkweed to Mike Silva, professor at Solano Community College and a City of Vacaville councilman, and his son, Jovanni Silva. Silva is planning a milkweed project in Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis professor Louie Yang (right) shows milkweed to Mike Silva, professor at Solano Community College and a City of Vacaville councilman, and his son, Jovanni Silva. Silva is planning a milkweed project in Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis professor Louie Yang (right) shows milkweed to Mike Silva, professor at Solano Community College and a City of Vacaville councilman, and his son, Jovanni Silva. Silva is planning a milkweed project in Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Macro photographer Larry Snyder of Davis answered questions about his monarch display in the hallway of the Academic Surge building. He took images of a monarch-milkweed project organized and led by UC Davis Professor Louie Yang. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Macro photographer Larry Snyder of Davis answered questions about his monarch display in the hallway of the Academic Surge building. He took images of a monarch-milkweed project organized and led by UC Davis Professor Louie Yang. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Macro photographer Larry Snyder of Davis answered questions about his monarch display in the hallway of the Academic Surge building. He took images of a monarch-milkweed project organized and led by UC Davis Professor Louie Yang. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brennen Dyer, the Bohart Museum's collection manager, wearing a monarch t-shirt from the gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Brennen Dyer, the Bohart Museum's collection manager, wearing a monarch t-shirt from the gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brennen Dyer, the Bohart Museum's collection manager, wearing a monarch t-shirt from the gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some 650 visitors attended the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on monarchs. In the foreground is monarch researcher UC Davis Professor Elizabeth Crone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Some 650 visitors attended the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on monarchs. In the foreground is monarch researcher UC Davis Professor Elizabeth Crone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some 650 visitors attended the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on monarchs. In the foreground is monarch researcher UC Davis Professor Elizabeth Crone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 11:18 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Food for Thought and Food for the Monarchs

Is tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, a "bad" plant? Should Californians pull it from their gardens? No, say many scientists, including...

A tiny monarch egg, about the size of a pin head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A tiny monarch egg, about the size of a pin head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tiny monarch egg, about the size of a pin head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 4:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Monarchs on the Move: A Migration and a Bohart Museum Open House

It's Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 1 and a female monarch butterfly flutters into our Vacaville pollinator garden. Me: "Welcome Ms. Monarch! Aren't...

A female monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a tropical milkweed on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a tropical milkweed on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a tropical milkweed on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female monarch spreads her wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female monarch spreads her wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female monarch spreads her wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little flight fuel and the monarch is off to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A little flight fuel and the monarch is off to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little flight fuel and the monarch is off to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 3:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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