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The Amazing Art of Entomologists

This stunning praying mantis illustration is the work of Ivana Li, UC Davis entomologist and artist. It  will be among the art displayed at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Jan. 21.

Oh, that praying mantis! Oh, that jumping spider! When you attend the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Sunday, Jan. 21, featuring insect art, you will find art so intricate and so breathtaking that you may change your career path! The family friendly event, free and open to...

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 5:39 PM

That Elusive Cabbage White Butterfly

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint last summer in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been looking for that cabbage white butterfly in the three-area county of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano to win UC Davis Professor Art Shapiro's "Beer for a Butterfly" contest, there's still hope. Shapiro hasn't found it, either. Butterflies aren't flying due to the elements: the ...

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Targeting the Asian Citrus Psyllid

The Asian Citrus Psyllid Team:  Scientists in the front row (from left) are Tatiana Mulinari, Rodrigo Magnani, Antonio Juliano Ayres, Walter Leal, Marcelo Miranda, Victoria Esperanca, Odimar Zanardi, and Rejane Luvizotto. The three scientists in back are Haroldo X. L. Volpe (white shirt) Renato de Freitas and  Rômulo Carvalho.

A major citrus pest may experience a “Bah, Humbug!” kind of year. If all goes as planned, UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal's discovery of the sex pheromone of the Asian citrus psyllid--which spreads the deadly citrus greening disease, Huanglongbing (HLB)--may result in the...

A Butterfly for a Beer! Or Suds for a Bug!

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A butterfly for a beer? Suds for a bug? The annual “Butterfly for a Beer” contest, sponsored by Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, gets underway on Monday, Jan. 1. The person who collects the first cabbage white...

Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Davis Teen: How Those Pesky Mosquitoes Led to a Scientific Publication

Researcher and lead author Helena Leal, 17, a scholar at Davis High School, injects a sample of odorants trapped in a solid phase micro-extraction syringe intothe gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in the Walter Leal lab at UC Davis. In back  are chemical ecologist Walter Leal (right) and UC Davis student researcher Kaiming Tan. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Listen to ABC Channel 10 News, broadcast Dec. 22Seventeen-year-old Helena Leal doesn't like mosquitoes, but they like her. “I always get bitten by mosquitoes more often than my family and friends,” says the Davis High School senior. “I get fairly bad reactions to mosquito bites,...

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