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They Suck

Aphids on Gaura

Call them plant lice. Call them plant suckers. Call them aphids. The tiny, soft-bodied insects with pear-shaped bodies form denses colonies on plants. They suck. Literally. Their destructive feeding habits do not endear them to gardeners and farmers....

Posted on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 8:20 PM
Tags: aphids (31), gaura (3), plant lice (1), plant suckers (1)

They Did It!

ESA IPM Team Award

They did it. The University of California team that developed a successful insect pest management program for almond growers, leading to significant pesticide reduction, drew praise and applause at the  Entomological Society of America's 56th...

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Fly Away

The Fly

God in His wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. --Ogden Nash, "The Fly"   Every time I see a fly I think of the Ogden Nash poem.   Our bee-friendly garden is attracting a few flies. I captured this...

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 6:14 PM
Tags: blow fly (4), Ogden Nash (1), sage (8)

Where Are All the Monarchs?

Monarch Butterfly

Folk singer Pete Seeger asked "Where have all the flowers gone?" UC Davis butterfly expert Art Shapiro wants to know "Where are all the Monarchs?" In the current edition of the Bohart Museum Society newsletter, Shapiro notes that...

Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Pack Memories, Not Pests

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

I ran into two members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Patrol this afternoon. No, I wasn't at a border.  I was merely walking the halls of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. The border patrol agents were there to meet with entomology...

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:52 PM

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