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Fighter Jet

Fiery Skipper

Look for the fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus) in your garden. It's likely sharing your catmint, lavender and sage with honey bees and other pollinators.It's the only one holding a "fighter-jet" position.Says UC Davis butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro: ...

Fiery Skipper
Fiery Skipper

FIERY SKIPPER (Hylephila phyleus) nectaring catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fighter Jet
Fighter Jet

FIGHTER JET--The fiery skipper in a fighter-jet position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Tiny Bee

Anthophora urbana

It's smaller than a honey bee.And faster and louder.Anthophora urbana, a solitary, ground-nesting bee, frequents our garden to nectar the catmint, lavender and sage. Sometimes the forager's buzz is so loud that it's startling. "What was THAT?"In this...

Anthophora urbana
Anthophora urbana

WITH TONGUE EXTENDED, Anthophora urbana heads for lavender. It's known as a rapid forager. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nectaring Lavender
Nectaring Lavender

TINY Anthophora urbana nectaring lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Tiger by the Tail

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Talk about a tiger by the tail. That would be the Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus). It's returned to the Davis area after a 15-year hiatus. Butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro, professor of evolution and ecology at the University of...

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Western Tiger Swallowtail

THIS IMAGE of the Western Tiger Swallowtail is by naturalist/photographer Greg Kareofelas, who took this in east Davis last week. Butterfly experts hadn't seen this butterfly in the Davis area for 15 years until this year.

Arthur Shapiro
Arthur Shapiro

BUTTERFLY EXPERT Arthur Shapiro hadn't seen the Western Tiger Swallowtail in the Davis area for 15 years. This year there's been some 100 sightings. "Now it looks like it's back as if nothing had happened!" he said. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 7:06 PM

The Bees Have It

Signature Sign

The bees have it. That would be honey bees and native bees. The UC Davis Department of Entomology has just launched its new bee biology Web site. It's a place to learn about research, outreach, publications and upcoming courses; read the news stories,...

Signature Sign
Signature Sign

SIGN in front of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis honors the legendary geneticist. The ceramic sculpture at the site (sign and walls) is the work of Davis artist Donna Billick and entomologist-artist Diane Ullman. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Working the Bees
Working the Bees

GENETICIST Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. (1907-2003) tends his hives. He served as a member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty from 1947 to 1974. He published his last scientific paper at age 87 and his last book at 90.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 6:39 PM

The Buzz About CCD

Plight of the Honey Bee

Entomologists, geneticists and virologists are still searching for the cause of colony collapse disorder (CCD). Yes, they're still searching, and no, there' s no known cause yet. CCD is a mysterious phenomonen characterized by adult bees abandoning the...

Plight of the Honey Bee
Plight of the Honey Bee

EXTENSION APICULTURIST Eric Mussen (left) of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty shares information with Pennsylvania State Uniersity entomologist Dennis van Engelsdorp at the 2007 meeting of the Entomological Society of America. UC Davis and Penn State receive research funds in a project launched by Haagen-Dazs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jeff Pettis
Jeff Pettis

ENTOMOLOGIST Jeff Pettis talks about the plight of the honey bees at the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting in 2007. Pettis is with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 6:38 PM

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