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A Royal Moment with a Queen Bumble Bee
Posted 11/23/2017 - It's Thanksgiving Day and time to give thanks for NOT what we WANT, but what we HAVE. And, not for what we OWN, but what we CANNOT. That includes the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. On the morning of Nov. 12, we traveled to the Sonoma...

Special Day for the Parasitoids and Walking Sticks
Posted 11/22/2017 - American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author E.O. Wilson once said: "(We have) reason to cherish each species in turn as a world unto itself, worthy of lifetimes of study." That includes parasitoids. "Parasitoid Palooza!" That was...

Bohart Museum Visitors: As Close as Davis and as Far Away as San Jose
Posted 11/21/2017 - When there's a Bohart Museum of Entomology open house, visitors come to listen, learn and explore. Such was the case during the Parasitoid Palooza open house last Saturday, Nov. 18 when area residents, including parents and their children, and...

UC Davis Doctoral Candidate Brendon Boudinot: Adding to Our Knowledge of Ants
Posted 11/20/2017 - If you attended the 2017 Entomological Society of America (ESA) meeting, held recently in Denver, you probably recognized a familiar face and his research. Myrmecologist (ant specialist) Brendon Boudinot, doctoral candidate in the Phil Ward lab, UC...

The World of Praying Mantids: A Question Posed, A Question Answered
Posted 11/17/2017 - Last summer you may have happened upon praying mantids mating. Hopefully, the male didn't lose his head. Which begs a question asked by a reader: How long after mating does the female lay or produce her egg case (ootheca)? "Usually it takes a week or...

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