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Sunflower Bee

The UC Davis Aboretum--particularly the Storer Garden--is full of color--and sunflower bees. A recent trip to see the New England Asters (Aster novae-angliae from the Asteraceae or sunflower family) yielded a Nikon moment: fuzzy-wuzzy sunflower bees...

Sunflower Bee
Sunflower Bee

SUNFLOWER BEE, Diadasia enavata, forages on a New England Aster in the UC Davis Arboretum. This is a female, as identified by pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Moving Around
Moving Around

MOVING AROUND--The sunflower bee scoots around the New England Aster in the UC Davis Arboretum. Sometimes sunflower bees are mistaken for honey bees or male Valley carpenter bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye See You
Eye See You

EYE SEE YOU--A sunflower bee peeks between the petals of a New England Aster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 5:55 PM

When Seminars Become Webinars

Madoka Nakai

Like to know more about the biocontrol of tea pests? Aging of insects? What honey bee research is under way? If you can't physically attend the UC Davis Department of Entomology's fall seminars, starting Wednesday noon, Oct. 7 in 122 Briggs Hall, you...

Madoka Nakai
Madoka Nakai

FIRST SPEAKER--Biological control scientist Madoka Nakai, associate professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, will discuss biocontrol of tea pests in her talk, “A Novel Protein from Lepidopteran Virus Killing Endoparasitoid and Viral Control for Tea Pests in Japan,” at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 7 in 122 Briggs Hall, UC Davis. The lecture will be Webcast.

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE RESEARCH will be one of the topics at the UC Davis Department of Entomology's fall seminars. On Oct. 28, insect virus researcher Michelle Flenniken, Haagen-Dazs Postdoctoral Fellow, will speak on “Microarray-Based Pathogen Detection and the Antiviral Role of RNA Interference in Honey Bees.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Not Just the Bees

Tiny Hover Fly

It's not just the honey bees that will be foraging in the half-acre Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. Scores of native bees and other insects will be there, too. They already are. A weekend visit to the haven, a bee friendly...

Tiny Hover Fly
Tiny Hover Fly

THIS TINY HOVER FLY is nectaring on a strawberry blossom at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden being developed on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. This hover fly is most likely from the genus Paragus sp., said UC Davis emeritus professor and pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dragonfly on Sage
Dragonfly on Sage

THIS VARIEGATED MEADOWHAWK DRAGONFLY, Sympetrum corrugatum, family Libellulidae, rests on sage at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Color It Metallic Green

Green Metallic Sweat Bee

The green metallic sweat bee looks as if someone splashed green fluorescent paint on it.This uniquely colored bee is just one of some 1600 native bee species in California. It's about one-fourth the size of a honey bee and it's difficult to photograph...

Green Metallic Sweat Bee
Green Metallic Sweat Bee

THIS MALE green metallic sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, looks as if someone poured fluorescent paint on it. It's about one-fourth the size of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In Flight
In Flight

IN FLIGHT--This tiny green metallic sweat bee is in a hurry. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Attacking Anopheles

Malaria Researcher

Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito that transmits malaria, has a new foe. And his first name is Win. Win Surachetpong, a UC Davis doctoral candidate in immunology with a designed emphasis in vector-borne disease, has just received the American Committee...

Malaria Researcher
Malaria Researcher

MALARIA RESEARCHER Win Surachetpong in the Shirley Luckhart lab at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 5:26 PM

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