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Posts Tagged: May Berenbaum

How Does Climate Change Affect Honey Bees?

A honey bee is coated with pollen as she forages in a blanketflower (Gallardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From horrible to bad. That's the consensus of the declining honey bee population in the United States. A newly released poll showed that our nation's beekeepers  lost an average of 21 percent of their colonies last winter, as compared to 27...

How Much Do You Know About Entomology?

UC Davis Linnaean Games Team in action (from left) Emily Bick, Brendon Boudinot and captain Ralph Washington Jr. (Photo by Chuck Fazio)

“You have just moved into an apartment that has been vacant for weeks but whose prior owners had several cats and dogs. A very few days after you move in you are bitten by a huge number of cat fleas that seem to have appeared...

Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Zeroing in on the Zika Virus at ICE 2016

Nobel Laureate Peter Agre (center), a keynote speaker at ICE 2016, is flanked by the ICE 2016 co-chairs,  Walter Leal (left) of UC Davis, and Alvin Simmons of the USDA/ARS, based in Charleston, S.C.

The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, probably isn't the only mosquito that transmits the Zika virus. That's what UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal, co-chair of the International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) recently held in Orlando,...

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 3:55 PM

A Bee Is a Bee Is a Bee,,,

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, heading toward a Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If poet Gertrude Stein were alive today, she might say "A bee is a bee is a bee" instead of "a rose is a rose is a rose." Or, she might say "A fly is a fly is a fly." Oh, my. That's because major corporations, news media and...

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Why Bees Are Disappearing and What You Should Know

Matan Shelomi, wearing a UC Davis entomology shirt, stands in front of the Reichstag in Berlin.

If you should ask Extension apiculturist (emeritus) Eric Mussen of the University of California, Davis, whether he believes that neonicotinoids are the primary cause of colony collapse disorder (CCD), he will say answer you fair and square: "No, they're...

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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