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Hillary Thomas with saltcedar

Hillary Thomas' biological control research on a leaf-eating beetle that targets saltcedar has scored a bullseye. Thomas, a doctoral candidate in entomology at UC Davis, has received a $15,000 Robert and Peggy van den Bosch Memorial...

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Carrying a Lot of 'Baggage'

Up, up and away

 If she were boarding an airline, she’d be charged double for baggage.   But she didn’t and she wasn’t.   She's a pollen-packed sunflower bee enjoying our sunflower. Not a honey bee but a sunflower...

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 12:10 PM

The Secret's Out

Culex quinquefasciatus

We know it works, but how?   Just how does DEET work? Does it jam the senses of a mosquito? Does it mask the smell  of the host?   You spray the chemical repellent on your arm and thankfully, those darn skeeters leave...

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Medfly Wars

Mediterranean fruit fly

  “The war is over—again,” wrote reporter Pat Brennan of the Orange County Register in a news article published Aug. 14. Brennan was referring to the war against the Mediterranean fruit fly, a tiny pest that targets some 260...

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM

If I Were a Carpenter...Bee

Male Carpenter Bee

“I’ve got black bumblebees buzzing around our backyard like crazy,” the caller said. “They’re loud. Very loud. They’re dive-bombing and scaring the cat and dog. I’ve never seen anything like...

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 6:36 PM
Tags: bumblebees (1), carpenter bees (5), pest (1), pollinators (20), Robbin Thorp (210)

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