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Blowin' Smoke

Blowin' Smoke

If you've been around honey bee hives much, you know what a smoker is. It's a tool that beekeepers use to inspect, manipulate or handle a hive. They smoke a hive to check the health of the...

Blowin' Smoke
Blowin' Smoke

BLOWIN' SMOKE--Smoke shoots from a bee smoker at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. Bee hives are in the background.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just Smokin'
Just Smokin'

JUST SMOKIN'--Smoke curls into intricate patterns in this shot of a bee smoker at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Know Your Ants

Argentine Ant

  Know your ants. If you want to identify red imported fire ants and other invasive ants found in the Pacific Island region, a newly launched Web site by an entomology graduate student at the University of...

Argentine Ant
Argentine Ant

HEAD OF ARGENTINE ANT--This automontage of an Argentine ant is the work of Eli Sarnat at the University of California, Davis. Sarnat has just launched an interactive ant key to help professionals and non-professionals identify ants. See Web site at http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/PIAkey/index.html.

Eli Sarnat
Eli Sarnat

ANT SPECIALIST--Eli Sarnat, a graduate student in the Phil Ward lab at the University of California, Davis, has just launched an interactive Web site on invasive ants of the Pacific region. The key includes 15 species recorded in California. See Web site at http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/PIAkey/index.html.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Another Good Reason

The Ladybug

Here’s another good reason to be kind to ladybugs.     But we are, aren’t we?   EurekAlert! alerted us Jan. 6 to a study relating that an abundance of ladybugs in olive orchards is an...

The Ladybug
The Ladybug

THE LADYBUG--The ladybug is an indicator of health and sustainability in olive orchards, scientists in Spain have found. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM

The Insect We Love to Hate

At the Reception

Catherine Chalmers hates cockroaches. She said so at her presentation Wednesday night, Jan. 7, at UC Davis. The occasion:  “The Consilience of Art and Science centennial colloquium,...

At the Reception
At the Reception

AT THE RECEPTION--From left are entomologist Diane Ullman, associate dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and co-director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion experimental learning program; artist Catherine Chalmers; and UC Davis Department of Art faculty members Matthias Geiger and Darrin Martin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Aw, Nuts!

Larvae Inside Walnut

Walnuts are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, right? Right. And sometimes a little protein. Protein, as in larvae. That's not a welcome sight. Sometimes you'll find two or three navel orangeworm (NOW) larvae inside a single walnut,...

Larvae Inside Walnut
Larvae Inside Walnut

LARVAE INSIDE WALNUT--This fallen walnut contained three larvae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In a Nutshell
In a Nutshell

IN A NUTSHELL!--Close-up of larva inside a walnut. You can tell if it's a navel orangeworm (NOW) if it has a crescent-shaped marking on the sides of the second segment behind the head, says UC Davis entomologist Frank Zalom. Often, with NOW, there are two or more larvae inside a single nut. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Tags: larvae (2), navel orangeworm (3), walnuts (1)

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