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Trouble in the Almond Orchards
Posted 4/23/2014 - Beekeepers and almond growers are concerned--and rightfully so--about the some 80,000 bee colonies that died this year in the San Joaquin Valley almond orchards. In monetary terms, that's a loss of about $180,000. But the loss isn't just financial. It...

A Bee That's a Delight to See
Posted 4/22/2014 - What's that on the Coreopsis? Could it be--a bee? Yes, that's the metallic green sweat bee, also called an ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus.  This one  (below) is a female. Males and females are easily distinguishable.  The...

Rapini! Rapini! Rapini!
Posted 4/21/2014 - Honey bee population declining? You wouldn't know it if you were to visit the two rapini patches in front of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, University of California, Davis. “The bees love the...

An Un-bee-lievably Generous Gift
Posted 4/18/2014 - What an un-bee-lievably generous gift! Debra Jamison, state regent of the California State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. loves bees. So when it came time to select a fundraising project, she knew what she wanted to...

Cataloging Insect and Bat Diversity in Belize
Posted 4/17/2014 - A unique effort to raise funds to collect insects in the biodiversity hotspot of Belize—which would result in specimens for the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, among other goals-- is galloping into the home...

What's New IPM

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH OIL?
Posted 10/23/2013 - Zooming across a lake on water skis, motoring to a fishing spot, cruising the islands on vacation, or navigating a sailboat through a crowded marina, boaters know that engines help make boating fun! Boat engines need fuel and lubricating oil that can...

What the Heck is Rock Snot?
Posted 9/11/2013 - This icky sounding aquatic invader threatens tourism, fisheries and even hydropower facilities that depend on our streams and rivers. Why? Rock snot, aka didymo (Didymosphaenia geminata), is a one-celled alga or diatom. Each tiny didymo grows a...

Rat on Aquatic Invaders!
Posted 9/6/2013 - Who ya gonna call? If you spot a suspected aquatic invader, where you report it depends on the critter or weed. Remember to take photos with a camera or, even better, geo-tag them with a smartphone. Take a snapshot that shows just where you saw the...

Decon Aquatic Invaders!
Posted 8/30/2013 - How can boaters, anglers, and anyone else who works or plays in wet places help stop aquatic invasive species from conquering new territory? Decon (decontamination) is critical. Invaders can hide in mud on the tread of your boots, cling to the hem of...

California Ground Squirrel Name Change
Posted 8/14/2009 - The California Ground Squirrel's scientific name has changed from Spermophilus beecheyi to Ostospermophilus beecheyi.

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