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A Sign of the Times: Why This Black Walnut Tree Is Dying

Forest entomologists Steve Seybold (right) and Jackson Audley stand by a 150-year-old black walnut tree on the 100 block of E Street. It is dying of thousand cankers disease. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've ever walked into the courtyard on the 100 block of E Street in downtown Davis, Calif., you've probably noticed the massive black walnut tree near Sophia's Thai Bar and Kitchen. It's about 150 years old, measures about five feet in diameter,...

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Environment,Innovation,Natural Resources,Pest Management

The Buzz About Bees: UC Davis Apiculturist in 'Science Friday' Program May 24

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Bee" sure to tune in Science Friday, the National Public Radio program, tomorrow (May 24) at noon to hear the buzz about honey bees. Guests will be Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and...

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:17 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Environment,Family,Innovation,Pest Management,Yard & Garden

Hey, I'm Eating as Fast as I Can!

An immature lady beetle (larvae) chowing down on an oleander aphid. This photo was taken on a milkweed plant in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever seen the larva of a lady beetle (aka ladybug) dining on an aphid? Lights! Camera! Action! So here is this charming little immature lady beetle chowing down on an oleander aphid that has the audacity to infest the milkweed in our...

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Food,Health,Natural Resources,Pest Management,Yard & Garden

This Bug's for You--And That One, Too!

UC Davis entomology student and Bohart associate Lohit Garikipati shows butterfly specimens to Olivia Bingen, 4, and her father, Steve Bingen of the UC Davis Department of Music. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bug's for you. And this one, too. And that one over there! When UC Davis employees and their offspring visited the Bohart Museum of Entomology during the recent "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work" Day, reactions ranged from awe to "wow!" They...

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 4:20 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Environment,Family,Natural Resources

Hear That Buzz? It's World Bee Day!

Beekeeper Adelaide Grandia smiles through a pollinator cut-out board.  Her grandfather is teaching her beekeeping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear that buzz? Today is World Bee Day! We celebrate honey bees every day, but they are especially celebrated on May 20, World Bee Day. It's an annual day to raise awareness about the importance of bees and beekeeping. It's a day to acknowledge the...

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 4:17 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Family,Food,Innovation,Natural Resources,Yard & Garden
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