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Everybody Loves Bugs, Right? Here Are the Top 25 Bug Blogs in the World

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. Native to western North America, it belongs to the family Libellulidae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everybody loves bugs, right? Well, no, they don't. Some folks scream, smash them, or sprint away from them. Other folks--including yours truly--sprint toward them, not unlike firefighters racing into a burning building while everyone else is dashing out. So it's gratifying to see that Feedspot.com has just published a list of the top 25 entomology blogs worldwide. All in one place. Bug lovers, unite! Founder Anuj Agarwal says the blogs are ranked based on the following criteria: Google...

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Native Plants for Shade

Catalina perfume, Cindy Weiner

By Cindy Weiner, UC Master Gardener of Butte County, June 15, 2018 On our hot summer days, shady garden areas can offer welcome respite from the heat. One of the challenges of gardening in shade, though, is adding interest through color, because it can be difficult to find plants that bloom in shade. Incorporating native plants in your garden can greatly increase the choices available to you. One plant suitable for dry shade is Catalina perfume or evergreen currant (scientific name Ribes...

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:00 AM

On Flag Day, Both Flags and Monarchs Flutter

A majestic monarch butterfly, an icon, on an American flag. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today, June 14, is Flag Day, a time when we celebrate and commemorate our American flag. Our Continental Congress adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as our nation's flag on June 14, 1777. Historians tell us that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in 1916 and in 1949, Congress officially designated June 14 as National Flag Day. Today, and every day, flags flutter in the breeze. Sometimes we see majestic monarchs (Danaus plexippus) doing the same thing, fluttering...

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:33 PM

It Came Down to One Question to Determine the Championship Team

Ralph Washington Jr. captained the UC Berkeley-UC Davis Linnaean Games Team that won the regional championship at the 2018 PBESA meeting. He also captained the UC Davis Linnaean Games Teams that won the national championships in 2015 and 2016. (UC Davis Photo)

It all came down to a question about a Dutch scientist, a microscopist from the 17th century. Which team--the UC Berkeley-UC Davis team or the Washington State University team--would win? That was the white-knuckle scene at the Linnaean Games competition hosted by the  Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America (PBESA) at its meeting June 10-13 in Reno. The Linnaean Games are a lively question-and-answer, college bowl-style competition on entomological facts played between...

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:09 PM

Pollinator Gardens Make Us Happy: Get Ready for National Pollinator Week!

This is an overview of part of Kate Frey's pollinator garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Are you ready for National Pollinator Week, June 18-June 24? A spectacular pollinator garden that's a "must-see" is Kate Frey's pollinator garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. Kate Frey, a world-class pollinator garden designer, pollinator advocate and author who addressed the UC Davis Bee Symposium in March on "Designing Bee Friendly Gardens," has created a masterpiece. And yes, the pollinator garden is open to the public--no admission fee. We visited the garden last Saturday and saw a pipevine...

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 4:44 PM

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