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It's Friday Fly Day!

It's Friday Fly Day--and time to post images of a syrphid fly. Syrphid flies, often mistaken for...

A syrphid fly, a female Scaeva pyrastri, hovers over an Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A syrphid fly, a female Scaeva pyrastri, hovers over an Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A syrphid fly, a female Scaeva pyrastri, hovers over an Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The syrphid fly licks honey dew from the head of the lady beetle, which had just feasted on the honeydew-producing aphids on a rose bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The syrphid fly licks honey dew from the head of the lady beetle, which had just feasted on the honeydew-producing aphids on a rose bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The syrphid fly licks honey dew from the head of the lady beetle, which had just feasted on the honeydew-producing aphids on a rose bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 3:19 PM

Master Gardeners Announce Spring 2022 Workshop Series

The UC Master Gardeners of Butte County are offering a wide variety of new and encore Public...

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 4:00 AM

Shapiro Records First-of-the-Year Cabbage White Butterfly: 'Pop Goes the Pieris'

No contest, no winner, no beer? But he'll have a beer anyway! UC Davis distinguished professor...

A cabbage white butterfly nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cabbage white butterfly nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cabbage white butterfly nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the graph created by Matt Forister, the McMinn Professor of Biology at the University of Nevada. Forister calculated that the first cabbage white butterfly of 2022 would be sighted in the three-county area of Yolo, Solano and Sacramento on Jan. 19.  UC Davis Professor Art Shapiro sighted his first of the year on Jan. 19.
This is the graph created by Matt Forister, the McMinn Professor of Biology at the University of Nevada. Forister calculated that the first cabbage white butterfly of 2022 would be sighted in the three-county area of Yolo, Solano and Sacramento on Jan. 19. UC Davis Professor Art Shapiro sighted his first of the year on Jan. 19.

This is the graph created by Matt Forister, the McMinn Professor of Biology at the University of Nevada. Forister calculated that the first cabbage white butterfly of 2022 would be sighted in the three-county area of Yolo, Solano and Sacramento on Jan. 19. UC Davis Professor Art Shapiro sighted his first of the year on Jan. 19.

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 3:23 PM

California Dogface Butterfly: What the Fire Did

You've probably seen California's state insect, the California dogface butterfly, on a...

Butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, walks up Gates Canyon in this image, taken in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, walks up Gates Canyon in this image, taken in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, walks up Gates Canyon in this image, taken in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 3:13 PM

Ode to an Earwig

A winter pollinator garden does not buzz with bees; it crawls with earwigs, ants, roly-polys, and...

This earwig was beneath a garden sculpture in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This earwig was beneath a garden sculpture in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This earwig was beneath a garden sculpture in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 4:01 PM

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