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Meet Some Crafty Insects at Bohart Museum of Entomology

A praying mantis dining on a cabbage white butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about "crafty"--as in cunning or sneaky--insects. Ever seen a praying mantis ambushing a cabbage white butterfly? Or an assassin bug targeting a spotted cucumber beetle? Or European paper wasps attacking a Gulf Fritillary butterfly? And, how about the other kind of "crafty" insects--like...

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 4:41 PM

And the (Bee) Beat Goes On...

A honey bee flies in formation with

It was bound to happen. A "real" honey bee flying alongside "fake" bees on a bee crossing sign. We photographed this honey bee (below) at 1/1000 of second (with a Nikon D500 and a 105mm lens with  the f-stop set at 16 and ISO at 800), but honey bee flight is truly amazing. Back in the 1934...

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Bee-Hold, The Eye of the Bee-Holder

Bee-hold, the eye of a bee-holder. When you have a "Bee Crossing" sign in your pollinator garden, odds are that bees will cross right in front of that sign. And it's not always a honey bee. European wool carder bees (Anthidium manicatum) zip around our blue spike sage (Salvia uliginosa),...

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 5:32 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Food Yard & Garden

National Honey Bee Day: August 18, 2018

National Honey Bee Day - Aug. 18, 2018: Brush up on your knowledge of bee protection

Author: Stephanie Parreira

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day by brushing up on your knowledge of bee protection—check out the newly revised Best Management Practices to Protect Bees from Pesticides and Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings from UC IPM. These resources will help you strike the right balance between applying pesticides to protect crops and reducing the risk of harming our most important pollinators.

The best management practices now contain important information regarding the use of adjuvants and tank mixes, preventing the movement of pesticide-contaminated dust, and adjusting chemigation practices to reduce bee exposure to pesticide-contaminated water. The Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings have also been updated to include ratings for 38 new pesticides, including insecticides (baits, mixtures, and biological active ingredients), molluscicides (for snail and slug control), and fungicides.

Most tree and row crops are finished blooming by now, but it is a good idea to learn about bee protection year-round. Visit these resources today to choose pesticides that are least toxic to bees and learn how you can help prevent bees from being harmed by pesticide applications.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 3:36 PM

Shedding Light on the Native Bees

Sarah Dalrymple, then a doctoral candidate at UC Davis, coordinated the bee mural  in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you visit the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden--named the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven after its primary donor--be sure to check out the colorful mural on the shed. The panels feature mostly native bees. The project dates back to 2011 when 22 UC Davis...

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