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Bee-Bopping with the Penstemon Margarita BOP

A honey bee approaches a Penstemon  Margarita BOP. BOP? That means

So we purchased a sky blue Penstemon cultivar with a tag labeled "Penstemon Margarita BOP." BOP? Bureau of Prisons? Bottom of the Pyramid? Business Owner's Policy? Basic Operation Plan? Breach of Peace? No, none of the above. It's an acronym for...

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 4:31 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Fire and Fury in a Pollinator Garden

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just call it "Fire and Fury in a Pollinator Garden." That would be the firecracker red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata. They fly into our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif., attracted by the lily-padded pond and the all-you-can-eat...

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 4:16 PM

It's Pollinator Discovery Day Sunday at UC Davis

Pipevine swallowtails at the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet the pollinators, And meet the UC Davis researchers, UC Master Gardeners, students and community members who study them or promote them. That's what's planned on Sunday, May 20 at an event sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and...

The Bee Tent at the California Honey Festival Was All the Buzz

Large crowds gathered around Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño as she opened a bee hive at the California Honey Festival and talked about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you attended the second annual California Honey Festival, held recently in downtown Woodland, you probably heard the buzz. Or at least you saw the crowd circling Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of...

The World of Olivia Winokur

UC Davis doctoral student and mosquito researcher Olivia Winokur checks on mosquitoes in the walk-in chamber in the insectary. The chamber is set to 26 Celsius and 80 percent humidity to mimic tropical conditions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a UC Davis doctoral student researching mosquitoes? Meet Olivia Winokur, an enthusiastic, dedicated and multi-talented medical entomologist whose childhood curiosity about a yellow fever vaccination sparked...

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 4:33 PM

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