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Parasitoid Palooza! Or What Ate My Caterpillar or Chrysalis

This monarch chrysalis is filled with tachinid fly larvae, about to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're trying to rear monarch butterflies. You notice an egg on your milkweed plant, and watch its life cycle from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis.  Aha, you think, soon I'll be able to see an adult monarch eclose from that chrysalis. Not so...

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Assistant Professor Matan Shelomi: He'll Introduce You to His Stick Insect Research

Matan Shelomi, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis and his bachelor's degree at Harvard, will return to the UC Davis campus on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to deliver a seminar on his stick and leaf insect research.

Ever ask someone where they live and they respond "I live in the sticks"? They're referring to a rural area, usually forested or farmed. Next week UC Davis alumnus Matan Shelomi will introduce you to his "sticks": the stick and leaf insects from the...

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:47 PM

A Bee Is a Bee Is a Bee...

One's a fly and one's a bee. Can you tell them apart? Honey bee on the left: syrphid fly on the right. They're nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Remember that line in Gertrude Stein's 1913 poem, Sacred Emily: "A rose is a rose is a rose"? Well, to paraphrase Stein: "A bee is a bee is a bee...except when it's not a bee." In a recent interactive feature in the New York Times, writer Joanna Klein...

Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM

A Gathering of Beekeepers

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If anyone at Lake Tahoe has bee issues that need answering next week, they need look no farther than Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The beekeepers will be there! The California State Beekeepers' Association (CSBA) will meet for its 128th annual convention,...

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Why You Should Read This Blog about Acute Kidney Injury Research

Distinguished professor Bruce Hammock at his computer. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Entomology and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not an easy paper to understand--unless you're a scientist or a physician. Make that a scientist who knows about soluble epoxide hydrolase, and a physician who knows about acute kidney injury (AKI), formerly called acute renal failure. "It makes...

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