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A Lady Beetle and Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

Lady beetle, aka ladybug, with its new

What's this?   A lady beetle, aka ladybug, sharing stories with Gulf Fritillary caterpillars?   Well, not likely.   The lady beetle (family Coccinellidae) preys mainly on aphids--it can eat about 50 aphids a day or some 5000 aphids in its lifetime. But it will devour other...

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Lighter crop of wine grapes blamed on drought

Sangiovese grapes.

Wine grape growers are expecting a lighter than normal crop in 2014 due to the drought, reported Jeremy Thomas in the Contra Costa Times. "The drought is impacting everybody," said Kevin Zollinger, a Livermore vintner. "Everybody's cutting back. Are our vines more stressed this year? Yeah,...

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM
Tags: drought (89), Janet Caprile (1)

143-year-old Washington navel mother tree gets special care

Georgios Vidalakis vows to protect the Washington navel 'mother tree.'

The mother of millions of navel orange trees around the world, a 143-year-old Washington navel orange tree in Riverside, is carefully protected by UC scientists and the Riverside parks department, reported Suzanne Hurt in the Riverside Press-Enterprise. "We're not going to let this tree die," said...

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

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