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Monarch Photography Display Graces Bohart Museum Hallway

Just before you enter the Bohart Museum of Entomology (located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building at 455 Crocker Lane, UC Davis...

Larry Snyder's monarch photography display in the hallway opposite the entrance to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Academic Surge Building.
Larry Snyder's monarch photography display in the hallway opposite the entrance to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Academic Surge Building.

Larry Snyder's monarch photography display in the hallway opposite the entrance to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Academic Surge Building.

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 4:12 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

Tropical Milkweed Doesn't Deserve the Bad Rap

Fact: Milkweed is the host plant of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. Fact: Without milkweed, no monarchs. Yet a milkweed species...

A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar foraging on  tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar foraging on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar foraging on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a monarch caterpillar.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch laying an egg on a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch laying an egg on a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch laying an egg on a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 1:21 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Flight of the Lady Beetle

Have you ever seen a lady beetle, aka ladybird beetle, aka ladybug, take flight? Have you ever photographed it? It's early...

A lady beetle prepares for take-off in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle prepares for take-off in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle prepares for take-off in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle unfolds its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The lady beetle unfolds its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle unfolds its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And the lady beetle takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
And the lady beetle takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And the lady beetle takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 2:28 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Ever See a Leafcutter Bee Sunning Itself on a Milkweed Leaf?

Well, that's something you don't see every day: a leafcutter bee sunning itself on a milkweed leaf. The narrowleafed milkweed, Asclepias...

A  leafcutter bee, Megachile spp., rests on a leaf of milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. Both are natives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A leafcutter bee, Megachile spp., rests on a leaf of milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. Both are natives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A leafcutter bee, Megachile spp., rests on a leaf of milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. Both are natives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The leaf is long and the leafcutter bee is short. Leafcutter bees are smaller than honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The leaf is long and the leafcutter bee is short. Leafcutter bees are smaller than honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The leaf is long and the leafcutter bee is short. Leafcutter bees are smaller than honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the male leafcutter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the male leafcutter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the male leafcutter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 3:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Walda: a Master of Disguise, Stealth and Ambush

Where's Waldo?  If you've ever looked at a “Where's Waldo” pictorial book and tried to spot a cartoon-like character wearing a...

A praying mantis is camouflaged amid the green stems, seed pods and leaves of a native milkweed as she awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis is camouflaged amid the green stems, seed pods and leaves of a native milkweed as she awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis is camouflaged amid the green stems, seed pods and leaves of a native milkweed as she awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, no prey in sight, so I guess I'll just wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, no prey in sight, so I guess I'll just wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, no prey in sight, so I guess I'll just wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

While I wait, I may as well groom myself. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
While I wait, I may as well groom myself. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

While I wait, I may as well groom myself. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I see you! You don't look like prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
I see you! You don't look like prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I see you! You don't look like prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 8:10 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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