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Drone Acrobatics
Posted 11/25/2014 - The drone fly, aka European hover fly, aka syrphid fly, doesn't get as much press as the other drone, the unmanned aircraft. But the drone fly (Eristalis tenax), about the size of a honey bee and often mistaken for a honey bee, makes for great in-flight...

Eighteen Myths About Insects and Spiders
Posted 11/24/2014 - Oh, the myths about insects and spiders! It was a fun and educational afternoon when the UC Davis Bohart Museum  of Entomology hosted an open house last Sunday. Visitors checked out the displays, asked the entomologists and staff questions, and...

Myths and Gifts
Posted 11/21/2014 - Myths and gifts... When the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology hosts its open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, the theme will be "Insect Myths." (Okay, and spider myths, too!) You'll learn about honey bee, ladybug, butterfly and spider...

For the Love of Bats
Posted 11/20/2014 - Most of us think about bats at least twice a year: during National Pollinator Week, when bees, beetles, butterflies and bats beckon, and on Halloween, when bats mingle with the witches, ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other things that go bump in the...

Remembering the Wild Bees
Posted 11/19/2014 - Native bee enthusiast Celeste Ets-Hokin of the Bay Area is on a mission: she wants residents to provide habitat for wild bees, including bumble bees, sweat bees, miner bees, mason bees, digger bees and long-horned bees. Earlier this year she came out...

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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