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Flies 'n Superbugs

Lone Fly

It wasn't too surprising. Reuters posted a story online today about flies spreading drug-resistant "superbugs" from chicken droppings. Seems that researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,  Baltimore, matched...

Lone Fly
Lone Fly

A LONE FLY visits a flower in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum, on Feb. 27, 2009. The common housefly is known to transfer at least 100 different pathogens and carry about 6.6 million bacteria on its body at a single time, according to UC Davis forensic entomologist Bob Kimsey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 5:38 PM
Tags: fly (9), Lynn Kimsey (253), Robert Kimsey (26), superbugs (1), swat team (1)

A Honey of an Award

Eric Mussen

A honey bee exhibit at the 133rd annual Dixon May Fair featuring Cooperative Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen has just won a top regional honor. The exhibit, housed appropriately in the floriculture building, won second place in the Western...

Eric Mussen
Eric Mussen

UC EXTENSION APICULTURIST Eric Mussen with a bee observation hive at the 2008 Dixon May Fair. The exhibit, featuring question-and-answer-sessions with Mussen, just won second place in a Western Fairs Association competition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Zeroing in
Zeroing in

ZEROING IN--A honey bee targets a nectarine blossom. Honey bees will again be featured at the Dixon May Fair when it opens May 7 for a four-day run. The Dixon May Fair is California's longest running fair. This year marks its 134th year.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Mighty Mite

Varroa mite on drone

The BBC this week examined colony collapse disorder (CCD), a mysterious phenomonen characterized by bees abandoning their hives.  The adult bees buzz off, leaving the  brood and stored food behind. They do not return. Many bee specialists...

Varroa mite on drone
Varroa mite on drone

VARROA MITE on drone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tiny mite
Tiny mite

TINY MITE--The tip of the pen shows just how tiny the varroa mite is. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Analyze This!

Darwin

A chimpanzee holds a monarch butterfly in a ceramic art work titled “Darwin.”   Human hands cradle insects and assorted objects in a ceramic...

Darwin
Darwin

DARWIN--This piece at the Pence Gallery, Davis, is the work of ceramic artist Nuala Creed of Petaluma. Of her art she says: “As he sits holding butterflies and the jawbone of an animal, the chimp gazes directly at the viewer. His offering to us, his next of kin, is his curiosity of the natural world. His intelligence is shown by his inquisitiveness. His name is Darwin, in honor of Charles Darwin, whose work helped us realize that we humans are not above nature, but are of nature. The chimp may be asking us to observe our natural world, to be the scientists that may help save our planet.” (Photo courtesy of Diane Ullman)

Analyze This
Analyze This

ANALYZE THIS--The piece at the Pence Gallery, Davis, is by Ann Savageau, associate professor of design at UC Davis. She explains: “This is Art analyzing Science analyzing Nature. It makes visible the analytical methodology at the heart of the scientific endeavor. We take our measuring, probing, dissecting, and classifying for granted, as "the way things are". We forget that these are recent cultural constructs." (Photo Courtesy of Diane Ullman)

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Largest Carabid Beetle in California

Carabid beetle

Tomorrow's a good day to learn about carabid beetles. Kipling "Kip" Will, associate professor of insect systematics,  Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley,  will discuss his research at a...

Carabid beetle
Carabid beetle

This is a photo of Pterostichus lama, which UC Berkeley scientist Kipling "Kip" Will describes as "the largest carabid beetle in California and as big as any in North America." It was taken by one of his students, Ainsley Seago.

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

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