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Syrphid Flies Are Pollinators, Too

Sometimes overlooked as pollinators are the syrphid flies, also known as "hover flies" or "flower flies." Unfortunately, they are often mistaken for...

A dorsal view of a syprhid fly sunning itself on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A dorsal view of a syprhid fly sunning itself on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A dorsal view of a syprhid fly sunning itself on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The syprhid fly senses danger and slips under a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The syprhid fly senses danger and slips under a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The syprhid fly senses danger and slips under a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7:32 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Spiked Forelegs of a Praying Mantis: There Is No Escape

A praying mantis, an incredible ambush predator, can lie in wait for hours for its prey.  Often it's so camouflaged that it totally blends in...

This praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, has just ambushed a honey bee and is grasping it in its spiked forelegs. There is no Harry Houdini-kind of escape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, has just ambushed a honey bee and is grasping it in its spiked forelegs. There is no Harry Houdini-kind of escape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, has just ambushed a honey bee and is grasping it in its spiked forelegs. There is no Harry Houdini-kind of escape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Death grip. With its two spiked forelegs, the praying mantis firmly grasps the honey bee. Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Death grip. With its two spiked forelegs, the praying mantis firmly grasps the honey bee. Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Death grip. With its two spiked forelegs, the praying mantis firmly grasps the honey bee. Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 4:43 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Communicators Win International Awards

Congrats to the University of California recipients of awards from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), an international...

A caterpillar featured on the Bug Squad blog's pictorial series that won an international award. (Photo by  Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A caterpillar featured on the Bug Squad blog's pictorial series that won an international award. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A caterpillar featured on the Bug Squad blog's pictorial series that won an international award. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A screen shot of a course that won a gold award for the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program in the ACE competition.
A screen shot of a course that won a gold award for the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program in the ACE competition.

A screen shot of a course that won a gold award for the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program in the ACE competition.

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:25 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

Of Lady Beetles and Green Fruit Beetle Larvae

Make way for the beetles! Lady beetles, green fruit beetle larvae, and stick-on bug tattoos drew inquisitive and appreciative crowds when the UC...

Ready to field questions are these representatives of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Karey Windbiel-Rojas (left), associate director for Urban and Community IPM/Area IPM Advisor, and IPM educator Lauren Fordyce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready to field questions are these representatives of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Karey Windbiel-Rojas (left), associate director for Urban and Community IPM/Area IPM Advisor, and IPM educator Lauren Fordyce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready to field questions are these representatives of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Karey Windbiel-Rojas (left), associate director for Urban and Community IPM/Area IPM Advisor, and IPM educator Lauren Fordyce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for Urban and Community IPM/Area IPM Advisor, answers a question. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for Urban and Community IPM/Area IPM Advisor, answers a question. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for Urban and Community IPM/Area IPM Advisor, answers a question. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Youngsters and adults alike enjoyed watching and holding the green fruit beetle larvae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Youngsters and adults alike enjoyed watching and holding the green fruit beetle larvae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Youngsters and adults alike enjoyed watching and holding the green fruit beetle larvae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Teagan Pelusi, 4, of Pleasant Hill, is fascinated by a green fruit beetle larva.
Teagan Pelusi, 4, of Pleasant Hill, is fascinated by a green fruit beetle larva. "We love learning about bugs," said her father Christopher Van Steyn, as the larva captivated her interest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Teagan Pelusi, 4, of Pleasant Hill, is fascinated by a green fruit beetle larva. "We love learning about bugs," said her father Christopher Van Steyn, as the larva captivated her interest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Diego Rojas (left) and his brother, Spencer Rojas, offered  information about invasive pests as they gave away stick-on (temporary) tattoos. Their mother, Karey Windbiel-Rojas, a UC IPM administrator, was at an adjacent table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Diego Rojas (left) and his brother, Spencer Rojas, offered information about invasive pests as they gave away stick-on (temporary) tattoos. Their mother, Karey Windbiel-Rojas, a UC IPM administrator, was at an adjacent table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Diego Rojas (left) and his brother, Spencer Rojas, offered information about invasive pests as they gave away stick-on (temporary) tattoos. Their mother, Karey Windbiel-Rojas, a UC IPM administrator, was at an adjacent table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Guess the stick-on tattoos? From left are a Chinese red-headed centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans); a tarantula hawk (Pepsis heros); and a hickory horned devil caterpillar of a regal moth  (Citheronia regalis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Guess the stick-on tattoos? From left are a Chinese red-headed centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans); a tarantula hawk (Pepsis heros); and a hickory horned devil caterpillar of a regal moth (Citheronia regalis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Guess the stick-on tattoos? From left are a Chinese red-headed centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans); a tarantula hawk (Pepsis heros); and a hickory horned devil caterpillar of a regal moth (Citheronia regalis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 2:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

'A Lady in Red': Petal Pusher?

It wouldn't make the news, even if it were a "Slow News Day." "Lady in Red Climbs Neon-Pink Petals in Search of Aphids." Lady beetles,...

A lady beetle nestled in an ice plant blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle nestled in an ice plant blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle nestled in an ice plant blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's climb! A lady beetle begins her ascent--up an ice plant blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Let's climb! A lady beetle begins her ascent--up an ice plant blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's climb! A lady beetle begins her ascent--up an ice plant blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How am I doing? Am I doing this right? Lady beetle stops. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
How am I doing? Am I doing this right? Lady beetle stops. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How am I doing? Am I doing this right? Lady beetle stops. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I did it! I climbed my Mount Everest and I'm about to descend. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
I did it! I climbed my Mount Everest and I'm about to descend. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I did it! I climbed my Mount Everest and I'm about to descend. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 3:35 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

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