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Honey of a Color

Honey bee

Honey isn't always amber-colored. It can range from white to dark brown, depending on the flowers the bees visit. Back in 1971, a group of UC Davis bee specialists wrote a  booklet, Fundamentals of California Beekeeping, published by the...

Honey bee
Honey bee

HONEY BEE--Close-up shot of a honey bee at the Harry Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gathering of Entomologists

Frank Zalom

When the Entomological Society of America's 56th annual meeting takes place Nov. 16-19 in Reno,  UC Davis entomologists will be out in force. And they'll be highly honored. Entomology professors  Michael Parrella and Frank Zalom will be...

Frank Zalom
Frank Zalom

FRANK ZALOM--UC Davis professor Frank Zalom, an integrated pest management specialist, will be inducted as a Fellow in the Entomological Society of America on Sunday, Nov. 16 at its plenary session. At the same session, he will be honored as part of the UC's seven-member Almond Pest Management Alliance Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Team that will receive the Entomological Foundation’s 2008 Award for Excellence in IPM. Other team members are Carolyn Pickel, UC Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba counties; Walter Bentley, UC Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier; UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors Mario Viveros, Kern County, Roger Duncan, Stanislaus County, and Joe Connell, Butte County; and scientist Barat Bisrabi, Dow AgroSciences. Both Pickel and Bentley are UC IPM advisors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Michael Parrella
Michael Parrella

MICHAEL PARRELLA--UC Davis entomologist Michael Parrella will be inducted as a Fellow in the Entomological Society of America on Sunday, Nov. 16 in Reno. He is the associate dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and professor of entomology.

Walter Leal
Walter Leal

WALTER LEAL--UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal will receive the ESA's coveted honor of Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology for his innovative and creative research involving insect communication. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Chris Barker
Chris Barker

CHRIS BARKER--Mosquito researcher Chris Barker is the winner of the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award from the Pacific Branch of the ESA. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 6:01 PM

I Did Not Want to Know That

Pros and Cons of Eating Insects

You may not know it, but you've eaten insects. Oh, yes, you have. The other day I meandered over to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis campus,  and a sign told me that. There it was--plain as day (as if a day can be plain). "In your...

Pros and Cons of Eating Insects
Pros and Cons of Eating Insects

SIGN SAYS IT ALL--This sign at the Bohart Museum of Entomology offers the pros and cons of eating insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cricket Anyone?
Cricket Anyone?

CRICKET ANYONE?--A sign at the Bohart Museum of Entomology indicates the nutritional value of eating a cricket. Bon appétit! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bee

Newborn Bee

It's Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans'  Day. I walked into our bee friendly garden hoping to find a honey bee. One buzzed erratically over the purple sage and rock purslane and disappeared. The rest are nestled in a hive somewhere, trying to ward off...

Newborn Bee
Newborn Bee

NEWLY EMERGED--A newborn bee struggles to right herself. Note the swath of yellow hair on her thorax. As she ages, the thorax will be smooth and mostly devoid of hair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 4:36 PM
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Looking for Cheap Urban Real Estate

Jaime Pawelek

Chances are if you walked up to a group of people and asked "Have you seen a Megachile today?" they'd stare at you blankly.  What's a Megachile? It's a native bee, also known as a leafcutter bee.   When most people think about bees, they...

Jaime Pawelek
Jaime Pawelek

IN SUPPORT OF URBAN BEE DIVERSITY--Jaime Pawelek of UC Berkeley’s Department of Organisms and the Environment, discussed “Native California Bees: Looking for Cheap Urban Real Estate” at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Northern California Entomology Society. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cuckoo bee
Cuckoo bee

NOT YOUR BASIC BEE--The cuckoo bee, probably the genus Triepeolus and probably a male (according to Robbin Thorp), on a gum plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 5:49 PM

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