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A Big Butterfly-and-Bee Day at the Bohart

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth display at the Bohart, shows South American rainforest butterflies, Preponas, in the genus Archaeoprepona to butterfly-bee enthusiast Ria deGrassi of Davis. (Photos by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a big butterfly-and-bee day at the Bohart. Despite other major attractions--including the gorgeous spring day and the March Madness basketball tournament--nearly 300 people visited the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology last Saturday during its...

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Monarch Starter Set: Partnership Between a Business and the Bohart

The monarch starter set: a zippered, meshed habitat, and a sturdy, broad-based, narrow-necked bottle. Fill with water and milkweed and add monarch caterpillars. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little philanthropy goes a long way.  Especially when it comes to small-scale monarch conservation projects. Think "Monarch Starter Set." And it's just in time for open house at the Bohart Museum of Entomology from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 19...

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:58 PM

Bruce Hammock: From Butterflies to Alzheimer's

Window of opportunity? A monarch roosts on a clothesline in front of a cottage window.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

We remember hearing Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, present a seminar on  “From Butterflies to Blood Pressure and Beyond." He marveled at how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly...

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 2:56 PM

What Are Those Red and Black Bugs on Milkweed?

Yule ornaments? No, just milkweed bugs about to reproduce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Got milkweed? Then you probably have milkweed bugs. All summer and into fall, we spotted the familiar reddish, black and white bugs scurrying around on our showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, and tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. Showy bugs on...

Well, Hello There, Tiny Monarch Caterpillar!

Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about not getting the memo. We walked into our little pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif., this afternoon to cut a few tropical milkweed stems to feed the indoor caterpillars, and there, hidden beneath a leaf, was a tiny caterpillar. Well,...

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM

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