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Spotted: A Lady Beetle in a Winter Wonderland

Spotted: A lady beetle (aka ladybug) feasting on aphids in her winter wonderland. It dines uninterrupted until it sees the shadow of what could...

A lady beetle feasting on aphids on a strawberry plant in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle feasting on aphids on a strawberry plant in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle feasting on aphids on a strawberry plant in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle peers at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

'Garden Allies': Everything in Your Garden Has a Place

Don't ask if the insects you find in your garden are "good bugs or bad bugs." Everything in your garden has a place, and your place should be a...

A lady beetle and her eggs in a Vacaville garden. Everything in nature is connected, says Frédérique Lavoipierre. If you have no aphids, no lady beetles or soldier beetles for you. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle and her eggs in a Vacaville garden. Everything in nature is connected, says Frédérique Lavoipierre. If you have no aphids, no lady beetles or soldier beetles for you. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle and her eggs in a Vacaville garden. Everything in nature is connected, says Frédérique Lavoipierre. If you have no aphids, no lady beetles or soldier beetles for you. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) feasts on aphids but is often mistaken as a
A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) feasts on aphids but is often mistaken as a "bad bug." This image was taken in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) feasts on aphids but is often mistaken as a "bad bug." This image was taken in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 3:36 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

All Hail the Lady Beetles!

Step right up, folks! I'm a lady beetle, aka ladybug, and it's lunch time. Or maybe it's snack time, I don't know. I don't talk when my...

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, munches on an aphid, as another aphid looks as if it's waiting its turn to be eaten. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle, aka ladybug, munches on an aphid, as another aphid looks as if it's waiting its turn to be eaten. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, munches on an aphid, as another aphid looks as if it's waiting its turn to be eaten. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The larva of a lady beetle will also eat its share of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The larva of a lady beetle will also eat its share of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The larva of a lady beetle will also eat its share of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 3:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

Lady Beetles Know Where to Lay Their Eggs

Ladybugs--actually "lady beetles" as these insects are beetles--know exactly where to lay their cluster of eggs--where the aphids and other prey...

Good Planning: A lady beetle laid her eggs  (right) next to oleander aphids (left) on a tropical milkweed plant. The lady beetle larvae will eat the aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Good Planning: A lady beetle laid her eggs (right) next to oleander aphids (left) on a tropical milkweed plant. The lady beetle larvae will eat the aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Good Planning: A lady beetle laid her eggs (right) next to oleander aphids (left) on a tropical milkweed plant. The lady beetle larvae will eat the aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle and larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle and larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle and larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:14 PM
Tags: lady beetles (46), ladybugs (47), milkweed (45), rose bushes (2)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Of Monarch Eggs, Ladybug Eggs and Oleander Aphids

So you're growing milkweed for the first time--or found some milkweed--and you're trying to figure out how to identify a monarch egg. Monarchs lay...

Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the oleander aphids! Monarch eggs and oleander aphids both occupying a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the oleander aphids! Monarch eggs and oleander aphids both occupying a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the oleander aphids! Monarch eggs and oleander aphids both occupying a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An egg and a newly emerged caterpillar sharing a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An egg and a newly emerged caterpillar sharing a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An egg and a newly emerged caterpillar sharing a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a monarch egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a monarch egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a monarch egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM
Tags: aphids (50), lady beetles (46), ladybugs (47), milkweed (45), monarch eggs (1), monarchs (51)
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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