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Aphids on Rose Bush

In a matter of days, the aphids discovered our newly purchased rose bushes. They clustered around the buds and unfolding leaves, piercing the tender stems and sucking  the plant juices as if there were no tomorrow. For some of them, there would be...

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM
Tags: aphids (32), ladybugs (39), rose bushes (1)

Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jacks? No, Queen Bee Cells

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With the opening of baseball season, it's "peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks!" But to beekeepers, it's peanuts. Or rather, peanut-like shells. Immature queen bees grow to maturity in cells that resemble peanut shells.  When UC Davis bee...

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Hoodie

Hooded Praying Mantis

A baby hooded praying mantis is among the new residents of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academc Surge, on the UC Davis campus. It's a Rhombodera basalis or Giant Malayasian Shield Mantis and is a gift from a teacher in Elk Grove. "It...

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

You're Painting with What?

Maggot Art

If you want to create art that's bound to be a conversation piece, you need to head over to Briggs Hall at the University of California, Davis on Saturday, April 18. April 18 is the 95th annual UC...

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Easter Bonnet

Carpenter Bee

Irving Berlin wasn't writing about carpenter bees when he penned "Easter Bonnet": In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade I'll be all in clover and when they look you over I'll be...

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:03 PM

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