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Ever Seen a Wasp Colony in a Frog's Mouth?

In real life, frogs eat flies, mosquitoes, bees, wasps and other insects.  But have you ever seen a frog's mouth filled with an entire...

Adrienne R. Shapiro of Davis captured this image of a nesting European paper wasps in the mouth of a garden frog statue in a Davis neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Adrienne R. Shapiro)
Adrienne R. Shapiro of Davis captured this image of a nesting European paper wasps in the mouth of a garden frog statue in a Davis neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Adrienne R. Shapiro)

Adrienne R. Shapiro of Davis captured this image of a nesting European paper wasps in the mouth of a garden frog statue in a Davis neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Adrienne R. Shapiro)

A European paper wasp nest in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp nest in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp nest in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp peeks over a yellow rose in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp peeks over a yellow rose in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp peeks over a yellow rose in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasps exiting a nest in a recycling bin at the University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasps exiting a nest in a recycling bin at the University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasps exiting a nest in a recycling bin at the University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellowjacket drinking water on a hot day. Its black antennae distinguish it from the orange-tipped antennae of the European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellowjacket drinking water on a hot day. Its black antennae distinguish it from the orange-tipped antennae of the European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellowjacket drinking water on a hot day. Its black antennae distinguish it from the orange-tipped antennae of the European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 4:12 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

No 'Brotherly Love' for California Sister

It definitely wasn't a case of "brotherly love" when a predator--maybe a bird or a praying mantis--grabbed the California Sister in our pollinator...

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Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

Butterfly: The Gateway Bug to Entomology?

A retired Fairfield elementary school teacher says that butterflies are the "gateway bug" to entomology. It's the symmetry, the beauty, the agility,...

A common checkered skipper, Pyrgus communis, warming its flight muscles in Vacaville, Calif., on July 3, 2022. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A common checkered skipper, Pyrgus communis, warming its flight muscles in Vacaville, Calif., on July 3, 2022. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A common checkered skipper, Pyrgus communis, warming its flight muscles in Vacaville, Calif., on July 3, 2022. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 9:08 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

A Checkered Past, a Checkered Future or Just Checkered?

Have you seen any Checkered White butterflies lately? They're quite common in the southern United States and northern Mexico (they're known as the...

A female Checkered White butterfly, Pontia protodice (as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro) nectars on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female Checkered White butterfly, Pontia protodice (as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro) nectars on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Checkered White butterfly, Pontia protodice (as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro) nectars on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female Checkered White spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female Checkered White spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female Checkered White spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Checkered White butterfly, Pontia protodice nectaring on lavender.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female Checkered White butterfly, Pontia protodice nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Checkered White butterfly, Pontia protodice nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female Checkered White showing a rejection behavior although no males are around.
The female Checkered White showing a rejection behavior although no males are around. "The 'tail in the air' is a sexual rejection posture," says UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female Checkered White showing a rejection behavior although no males are around. "The 'tail in the air' is a sexual rejection posture," says UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

UC Davis Butterfly Guru and 'Weeping Rocks'

In case you missed editor Jocelyn Anderson's piece in the UC Davis Magazine, don't miss this upcoming documentary: "Weeping Rocks" will showcase the...

UC Davis distinguished professsor Art Shapiro monitoring his Gates Canyon, Vacaville site. He's been monitoring the butterfly populations of Central California for 50 years. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis distinguished professsor Art Shapiro monitoring his Gates Canyon, Vacaville site. He's been monitoring the butterfly populations of Central California for 50 years. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis distinguished professsor Art Shapiro monitoring his Gates Canyon, Vacaville site. He's been monitoring the butterfly populations of Central California for 50 years. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly guru Art Shapiro spots a butterfly off Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville, on Jan. 25, 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly guru Art Shapiro spots a butterfly off Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville, on Jan. 25, 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly guru Art Shapiro spots a butterfly off Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville, on Jan. 25, 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 3:58 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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