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Redhumped Caterpillar: Aptly Named

Redhumped caterpillars on a Western redbud tree in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How appropriate are many of the common names of insects! Take the immature form (caterpillar) of the moth, Schizura concinna, family Notodontidae.  We first spotted this caterpillar on our Western redbud tree (Cercis occidentalis) in September 2010. It has a red hump. The common name: The...

Bees and Trees

Vally carpenter bee, <i>Xylocopa varipuncta</i>, nests in apple. Each gallery is about one-half inch across.

We have a section of an old apple tree at the Haven that is being used by Valley carpenter bees, Xylocopa varipuncta, as a nest. I've included a picture here; the number and size of the galleries the bees have excavated is quite impressive. While entomologists generally don't regard carpenter bees...

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:15 AM

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