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The Red Invaders: Those Colorful Milkweed Bugs

A small milkweed bug Lygaeus kalmii) stands peers over the leaf of a milkweed plant, Asclepias speciosa, in Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been finding more milkweed bugs than monarchs on your milkweed, join the crowd. Monarchs are scarce--at least around Solano and Yolo counties--but milkweed bugs are quite plentiful. Sometimes you see them massing on milkweed pods as if they're...

A small milkweed bug Lygaeus kalmii) stands peers over the leaf of a milkweed plant, Asclepias speciosa, in Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A small milkweed bug Lygaeus kalmii) stands peers over the leaf of a milkweed plant, Asclepias speciosa, in Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A small milkweed bug Lygaeus kalmii) stands peers over the leaf of a milkweed plant, Asclepias speciosa, in Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Small milkweed bugs mingling on a showy milkeed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Small milkweed bugs mingling on a showy milkeed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Small milkweed bugs mingling on a showy milkeed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mass of small milkweed bugs, red invaders! The blood red color sharply contrasts with the green milkweed pod. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A mass of small milkweed bugs, red invaders! The blood red color sharply contrasts with the green milkweed pod. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mass of small milkweed bugs, red invaders! The blood red color sharply contrasts with the green milkweed pod. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hey, I'm Eating as Fast as I Can!

An immature lady beetle (larvae) chowing down on an oleander aphid. This photo was taken on a milkweed plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever seen the larva of a lady beetle (aka ladybug) dining on an aphid? Lights! Camera! Action! So here is this charming little immature lady beetle chowing down on an oleander aphid that has the audacity to infest the milkweed in our...

An immature lady beetle (larvae) chowing down on an oleander aphid. This photo was taken on a milkweed plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An immature lady beetle (larvae) chowing down on an oleander aphid. This photo was taken on a milkweed plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An immature lady beetle (larvae) chowing down on an oleander aphid. This photo was taken on a milkweed plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A well-fed adult lady beetle (aka ladybug) ignores a fat Oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A well-fed adult lady beetle (aka ladybug) ignores a fat Oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A well-fed adult lady beetle (aka ladybug) ignores a fat Oleander aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM

A Monarch Takes Flight

Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland watches his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, dressed as a monarch butterfly, take flight.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly took flight at the third annual Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials in Richmond, an event co-sponsored by the Bay Area-based Pollinator Posse. No monarchs this time of year, you say? Well, this one was little Saathiya...

Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland watches his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, dressed as a monarch butterfly, take flight.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland watches his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, dressed as a monarch butterfly, take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland watches his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, dressed as a monarch butterfly, take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch for a day! Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland and his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, helped out at the third annual Butterfly Summit.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch for a day! Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland and his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, helped out at the third annual Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch for a day! Pollinator Posse member, Seth Newton Patel of Oakland and his 4-year-old daughter Saathiya Patel, 4, helped out at the third annual Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Terry Smith (left), co-founder of the Pollinator Posse, and  Jackie Salas, horticulturist at Children's Fairyland, Oakland, staff the Pollinator Posse booth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Terry Smith (left), co-founder of the Pollinator Posse, and Jackie Salas, horticulturist at Children's Fairyland, Oakland, staff the Pollinator Posse booth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Terry Smith (left), co-founder of the Pollinator Posse, and Jackie Salas, horticulturist at Children's Fairyland, Oakland, staff the Pollinator Posse booth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Part of the Pollinator Posse's display at the third annual Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Part of the Pollinator Posse's display at the third annual Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Part of the Pollinator Posse's display at the third annual Butterfly Summit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful flowers greeted the attendees at the third annual Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Colorful flowers greeted the attendees at the third annual Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful flowers greeted the attendees at the third annual Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Bruce Hammock: From ResearchIng Insect Science to Researching Autism and Schizophrenia

UC Davis researchers Jun Yang (right) and Sung Hee Hwang (center) with Bruce Hammock. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

 Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor at the University of California, Davis, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, is fond of saying that "Science is full of...

UC Davis researchers Jun Yang (right) and Sung Hee Hwang (center) with Bruce Hammock. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis researchers Jun Yang (right) and Sung Hee Hwang (center) with Bruce Hammock. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis researchers Jun Yang (right) and Sung Hee Hwang (center) with Bruce Hammock. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a photo from the Kenji Hashimoto lab, Chiba University Center for Forensic Mental Health, Japan, and includes some of the scientists working on the autism/schizophrenia research. In the center, front row, is  Kenji Hashimoto.  First author Ma Min, third from right, back row.  Second author Qian Ren is in the back row,  far right. Researcher Tamaki Ishima is the fourth from right, back row. (Photo courtesy of Kenji Hashimoto lab)
This is a photo from the Kenji Hashimoto lab, Chiba University Center for Forensic Mental Health, Japan, and includes some of the scientists working on the autism/schizophrenia research. In the center, front row, is Kenji Hashimoto. First author Ma Min, third from right, back row. Second author Qian Ren is in the back row, far right. Researcher Tamaki Ishima is the fourth from right, back row. (Photo courtesy of Kenji Hashimoto lab)

This is a photo from the Kenji Hashimoto lab, Chiba University Center for Forensic Mental Health, Japan, and includes some of the scientists working on the autism/schizophrenia research. In the center, front row, is Kenji Hashimoto. First author Ma Min, third from right, back row. Second author Qian Ren is in the back row, far right. Researcher Tamaki Ishima is the fourth from right, back row. (Photo courtesy of Kenji Hashimoto lab)

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5:22 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Health Innovation

The Science of the Monarch Butterfly: For Graduate Students and Citizen Scientists As Well!

A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, you can enroll in a newly announced spring quarter course, "The Science of the Monarch Butterfly,"   taught by Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and...

A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed monarch drying its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed monarch drying its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed monarch drying its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:55 PM

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