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Susan Cobey: Part of WSU Team That Is 'Building a Better Bee'

WSU bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey (far left) and California commercial queen bee breeder Jackie Park-Burris watch as Manuele Cantoni, Italian queen breeder, opens a hive. This photo was taken last summer in Bologna, Italy.

"Girls, where's your mother?” It's August, 2007 and bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, manager of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis, is opening a hive in the apiary. "Girls, where's your...

Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12:33 PM

A Look Back at 2016: Monarch Butterflies Reigned

This tagged butterfly, part of WSU entomologist David James' migratory research project, flew from Ashland, Ore. on Aug. 28 to Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 5, or a distance of 285 miles in seven days, or about 40.7 miles a day.  It was reared and tagged by Steve Johnson of Ashland and was on its way to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a marvelous year! Looking back at 2016, monarch butterflies reigned supreme--or at least they did in this Bug Squad blog! Finding--and photographing--a  tagged monarch butterfly (monarch@wsu.edu A6083) in our pollinator garden in Vacaville,...

Monarchs Lovin' the Lantana, One Sip at a Time

A monarch nectaring on Lantana on Oct. 23 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What amazing journeys! For the last two months, migratory monarch butterflies have regularly stopped for flight fuel in our 600-square-foot  pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. to nectar on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), butterfly bush (Buddleia)...

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Just Like a Painting

A male monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower in a scene that looks like a painting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western monarchs are on the move. In the Pacific Northwest, they're heading for coastal California, including Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove, for their overwintering spots. A few are tagged. Washington State University entomologist David James and his...

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Those Beautiful 'Cats

A monarch caterpillar outlined against the blue sky in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late bloomers. Late eaters. Monarch butterflies are migrating now, but we're still finding a few caterpillars in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. We recently plucked off five caterpillars from our milkweed plants (our game plan is protect...

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM

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