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Saving a Spider

A winter ant, Prenolepis imparis, encounters a Phidippus,  jumping spider in an almond tree on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I did not save a spider yesterday. Did not save one today, either. Well, if I had seen one.... Wednesday, March 14 was "Save a Spider Day" in the United States, according to a post by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Darn, I missed it! ESA...

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM

It's Tough Being a Bee During the Springlike Rains

A honey bee pollinating a nectarine blossom in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's tough being a bee--especially when you have work to do and the rain won't let you out of your hive. But when there's a sun break, it's gangbusters. To put it in alliteration, we spotted a bevy of boisterous bees networking in the nectarine...

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Bumble Bees on the Move

A bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble bees stole the show during the Graduate Student Poster Research Competition at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Symposium, themed "Keeping Bees Healthy." John Mola, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis Department of...

Consider the Tsetse Fly: That's the Subject of a UC Davis Seminar on March 14

This amazing photo of a tsetse fly (Glossina genus) is the work of UC Davis medical entomologist Geoffrey Attardo. His lab

Consider the tsetse fly. The tsetse fly (Glossina genus), found in sub-Saharan Africa, transmits  Trypanosomiasis, a parasitic disease that we commonly refer to as "sleeping sickness." Sleeping sickness occurs in 36 sub-Saharan Africa countries,...

Frank Zalom: Champion of IPM!

IPM specialist Frank Zalom, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology and Extension entomologist, checks over a strawberry field.

When you hear those three little words, "Integrated Pest Management," you immediately think of two words, "Frank Zalom."  They go together like superman (Clark Kent) and supervillian (Lex Luthor). Or like Coccinellidae (lady beetles) and Aphididae...

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