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UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale: Think Pollinators!

A black-faced bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on Purple Ginny salvia (sage). Sages are popular at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Think bees. Think butterflies. Think plants that will attract them. The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is hosting its first in a series of fall plant sales on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive, UC Davis...

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Three's a Crowd: The Saga of Two Stink Bugs and a Bee

Find the redshouldered stink bugs in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So, here we are, a couple of stink bugs hidden in the lavender. Unnoticed. Undetected. Undisturbed. We're loving the lavender, and we're in the process of providing the world with more stink bugs. "Okay, we know, we know. We're red-shouldered stink...

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 4:21 PM

A Face Only a Mother Could Love?

A golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, perched on lavender, stares at the photographer on Mother's Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there we were, on Mother's Day, looking at the yet-to-bloom English lavender in our yard. And there it was, something golden staring back at us. It was showing a face that "only a mother could love"--or an entomologist or an insect...

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 8:08 PM

On a Winning Streak!

Gray hairstreak, Strymon mellinus, nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. in April. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You're on a winning streak when you spot a gray hairstreak. No, not the streak in Grandpa's hair--the streak on Grandma's flowers. It's the gray hairstreak butterfly, Strymon mellinus, also known as the common hairstreak. Butterfly guru Art Shapiro,...

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:48 AM

Who's the Boss of the Lavender?

A Valley carpenter bee and a honey bee sharing the same lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks refer to them as "those big, black scary bumble bees." They're not bumble bees. They're not scary. But well, they ARE big. About an inch long. The Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) is the largest bee in California. The female is...

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 4:25 PM

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