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What Native California Plants Are Best for Attracting Pollinators?

Phacelia campanularia was one of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. Here a honey bee sips nectar from a blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What native California plants are best for attracting pollinators? That's a question often asked. Now for answers. Three pollination ecologists from the University of California, Davis, have just published their research, “Identifying Native...

Phacelia campanularia was one of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. Here a honey bee sips nectar from a blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Phacelia campanularia was one of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. Here a honey bee sips nectar from a blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Phacelia campanularia was one of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. Here a honey bee sips nectar from a blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are some of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. This is an illustration from the research paper. (Photos by Ola Lundin)
These are some of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. This is an illustration from the research paper. (Photos by Ola Lundin)

These are some of the 43 plants tested in the UC Davis research garden. This is an illustration from the research paper. (Photos by Ola Lundin)

Time to Revisit 'The 13 Bugs of Christmas'

It's time to revisit the "13 Bugs of Christmas!" Back in 2010, two innovators with the UC Davis Department of Entomology (now the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology) decided that "The 12 Days of Christmas" ought to be replaced with...


"On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 5 golden bees." This is one of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 5 golden bees." This is one of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a honey bee--not something that beekeepers want to see on their bees! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A varroa mite on a honey bee--not something that beekeepers want to see on their bees! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a honey bee--not something that beekeepers want to see on their bees! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen bee and her retinue.
A queen bee and her retinue. "On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 queen bees piping." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen bee and her retinue. "On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 queen bees piping." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Something Sweet and Something Neat: Entomological Holiday Gifts at UC Davis

Sweet! The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center is selling honey and offering free recipes.

Just call these "something sweet" and "something neat." Yesterday on Bug Squad we featured holiday gifts available at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis--from calendars, t-shirts and sweatshirts to books, jewelry, posters,  and...

Sweet! The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center is selling honey and offering free recipes.
Sweet! The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center is selling honey and offering free recipes.

Sweet! The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center is selling honey and offering free recipes.

UC Davis Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) offers t-shirts year-around and they're especially popular during the hoidays. From left are president Brendon Boudintot, t-shirt coordinator Jill Oberski and Corwin Parker with their award-winning shirts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) offers t-shirts year-around and they're especially popular during the hoidays. From left are president Brendon Boudintot, t-shirt coordinator Jill Oberski and Corwin Parker with their award-winning shirts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) offers t-shirts year-around and they're especially popular during the hoidays. From left are president Brendon Boudintot, t-shirt coordinator Jill Oberski and Corwin Parker with their award-winning shirts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In Search of the Perfect Entomological Gift

Bohart associate Emma Cluff cuddles a tardigrade, one of the stuffed animals available for sale in the Bohart Museum of Entomology's gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're looking for the perfect "bugly" entomological gift, be sure to stop by the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis. The Bohart Museum, located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane,  is open to...

Bohart associate Emma Cluff cuddles a tardigrade, one of the stuffed animals available for sale in the Bohart Museum of Entomology's gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate Emma Cluff cuddles a tardigrade, one of the stuffed animals available for sale in the Bohart Museum of Entomology's gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Emma Cluff cuddles a tardigrade, one of the stuffed animals available for sale in the Bohart Museum of Entomology's gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This humorous mayfly illustration,
This humorous mayfly illustration, "The swarmers are attracted to lights and tend to expose themselves in the evenings," appears in the 2019 Bohart Museum calendar. That sentence was written by a UC Davis student in Professor Lynn Kimsey's class. The calendar illustrations are all the work of entomologist/artist Karissa Merritt, a UC Davis student. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This humorous mayfly illustration, "The swarmers are attracted to lights and tend to expose themselves in the evenings," appears in the 2019 Bohart Museum calendar. That sentence was written by a UC Davis student in Professor Lynn Kimsey's class. The calendar illustrations are all the work of entomologist/artist Karissa Merritt, a UC Davis student. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Jessica Gillung's Research on Spider Flies: A Tale of Conflict and Uncertainty

Professor Thomas Pape of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and chair of the Council for the International Congresses of Dipterology, presents the top student prize to Jessica Gillung. The next Congress takes place in 2022 in California

When UC Davis doctoral candidate Jessica Gillung, who studies the parasitoid flies commonly known as spider flies, presents her exit seminar on Friday, Dec. 14, it's bound to draw widespread interest. Her research already has. She just won the prize...

Professor Thomas Pape of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and chair of the Council for the International Congresses of Dipterology, presents the top student prize to Jessica Gillung. The next Congress takes place in 2022 in California
Professor Thomas Pape of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and chair of the Council for the International Congresses of Dipterology, presents the top student prize to Jessica Gillung. The next Congress takes place in 2022 in California

Professor Thomas Pape of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and chair of the Council for the International Congresses of Dipterology, presents the top student prize to Jessica Gillung. The next Congress takes place in 2022 in California.

UC Davis doctoral student Jessica Gillung interacts with visitors at a Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis doctoral student Jessica Gillung interacts with visitors at a Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis doctoral student Jessica Gillung interacts with visitors at a Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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