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Beauty Isn't Skin Deep

Anise Swallowtail butterfly

Beauty isn't skin deep. It's wing deep. The Anise Swallowtail butterfly dazzles you with its yellow stripes and blue dots. If it were a painting, it...

Anise Swallowtail butterfly
Anise Swallowtail butterfly

We found this dazzling butterfly last weekend in the Berkeley marina parking lot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail butterfly
Anise Swallowtail butterfly

A side view of the Anise Swallowtail butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Arthur Shapiro
Arthur Shapiro

"Lepidopteran detective" Arthur Shapiro of UC Davis, a world-renowned butterfly expert, hosts a butterfly Web site, http://butterfly.ucdavis.edu/, and recently authored the "Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley Regions." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Good Bug, Bad Weed

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...

Hillary Thomas with saltcedar
Hillary Thomas with saltcedar

Hillary Thomas is studying the saltcedar beetle (Diorhabda elongata): a good bug on a bad weed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Adult saltcedar beetle
Adult saltcedar beetle

Adult saltcedar beetle (Diorhabda elongata), a natural enemy of saltcedar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Larva of saltcedar beetle
Larva of saltcedar beetle

Larva of saltcedar beetle (Diorhabda elongata) crawls on host plant, saltcedar (Tamarix). D. elongata feeds on the foliage during both its adult and larval stages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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
Pollen-packed sunflower bee

Svastra obliqua expurgata (Cockerell). Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Up, up and away
Up, up and away

Svastra obliqua expurgata (Cockerell) leaves the flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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...

Culex quinquefasciatus
Culex quinquefasciatus

Culex quinquefasciatus, the Southern house mosquito, finishes feeding on non-DEET treated skin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spraying DEET
Spraying DEET

UC Davis researcher Zain Syed (right) sprays DEET on the arm of chemical ecologist Walter Leal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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...

Mediterranean fruit fly
Mediterranean fruit fly

Photo by Jack Kelly Clark, UC ANR

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

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