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Learning from Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): Verbena Fields Wildtending Walk #2

California poppy grows in just about anything, Janeva Sorenson

Almost thirty participants strolled through Verbena Fields on March 30 for the second of a...

Sunset on February 23 at Verbena Fields, Janeva Sorenson
Sunset on February 23 at Verbena Fields, Janeva Sorenson

Sunset on February 23 at Verbena Fields, Janeva Sorenson

Posted on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:00 AM
  • Author: Laura Lukes, UC Master Gardener of Butte County

A Touch of Red on Earth Day

A honey bee touches down on a rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This plant yield red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's Earth Day, an event we celebrate every April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental...

A honey bee touches down on a rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This plant yield red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee touches down on a rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This plant yield red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee touches down on a rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This plant yield red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee rolling around in rock purslane on Earth Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley)
A honey bee rolling around in rock purslane on Earth Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

A honey bee rolling around in rock purslane on Earth Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

A honey bee packing red pollen from the rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee packing red pollen from the rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee packing red pollen from the rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee leaving a rock purslane and heading off to another one. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee leaving a rock purslane and heading off to another one. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee leaving a rock purslane and heading off to another one. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:48 PM

The Red Coats Are Coming

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Red Coats are coming. The Red Coats are coming. No, not an army of soldiers. Soldier...

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:06 PM

Jeff Smith Zooms in on 'Mimicry in Butterflies and Moths'

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology laments the declining population of monarchs and advocates that people plant milkweed and nectar sources in their gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies and moths totally fascinate entomologist Jeff Smith, the 32-year volunteer curator...

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology laments the declining population of monarchs and advocates that people plant milkweed and nectar sources in their gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology laments the declining population of monarchs and advocates that people plant milkweed and nectar sources in their gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology laments the declining population of monarchs and advocates that people plant milkweed and nectar sources in their gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Larva of the Anise swallowtail,  Papillo zelicaon, resembles a bird dropping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Larva of the Anise swallowtail, Papillo zelicaon, resembles a bird dropping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Larva of the Anise swallowtail, Papillo zelicaon, resembles a bird dropping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The passionflower, host plant of the Gulf Fritillary, offers toxicity to the caterpillars. This image shows two Gulf Fritillary caterpillars munching on the plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The passionflower, host plant of the Gulf Fritillary, offers toxicity to the caterpillars. This image shows two Gulf Fritillary caterpillars munching on the plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The passionflower, host plant of the Gulf Fritillary, offers toxicity to the caterpillars. This image shows two Gulf Fritillary caterpillars munching on the plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum, talks to visitors in this pre-COVID pandemic image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum, talks to visitors in this pre-COVID pandemic image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum, talks to visitors in this pre-COVID pandemic image. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 4:44 PM

Tarantulas to Grab the Spotlight at UC Davis Seminar on April 21

This tarantula is a male Aphonopelma johnnycashi. (Wikipedia image: credit,Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond - “Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) within the United States”, in ZooKeys, volume 560, 2016.

What do tarantulas and Johnny Cash have in common? They share a name, for one thing.  When...

This tarantula is a male Aphonopelma johnnycashi. (Wikipedia image: credit,Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond - “Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) within the United States”, in ZooKeys, volume 560, 2016.
This tarantula is a male Aphonopelma johnnycashi. (Wikipedia image: credit,Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond - “Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) within the United States”, in ZooKeys, volume 560, 2016.

This tarantula is a male Aphonopelma johnnycashi. (Wikipedia image: credit,Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond - “Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) within the United States”, in ZooKeys, volume 560, 2016.

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 4:11 PM

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