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These Girls Could Make or Break Your Halloween!

This is a female false black widow, Steatoda grossa, photographed in Davis, Calif. and released. (Photo by Adrienne Austin-Shapiro)

This just in for Halloween! Ever seen a false black widow spider? Commonly known as the cupboard spider,  it's a semi-cosmopolitan spider that's often confused with the "real" black widow spider, known for its powerful venom. Adrienne Shapiro of...

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Common Checkered Skipper: Sometimes It's Not So Common!

A common checkered skipper, Pyrgus communis, visits a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) is never alone. It loves company, attracting scores of insect guests, from honey bees to bumble bees to butterflies. We've seen monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Western tiger swallowtails, buckeyes, and fiery skippers...

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 3:18 PM

The Predator and the Pest

Breakfast! A hungry praying mantis eyes a cabbage white butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this praying mantis perched on top of a prickly pear cactus. It's early morning and she's hungry. A cabbage white butterfly, looking like a white-gowned princess in a medieval palace, flutters by and pauses on the prickly pear to seek some...

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:42 PM

How Many Tagged Migrating Monarchs Have You Seen?

Roosting or overwintering monarchs in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 30,2015. No tagged monarchs are visible. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's rare to see a tagged monarch, either when it's migrating to its overwintering site or when it's clustered high in a tree, sheltered from the elements. When we drove to Santa Cruz on Dec. 27, 2014 to an overwintering site,  we saw a monarch...

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Ever Seen a Pink Praying Mantis?

Davis resident Adrienne Austin-Shapiro photographed this pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica, outside a pizza business in Davis.

Have you ever seen a pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica? No? Now you have. Adrienne Austin-Shapiro of Davis yesterday spotted this pink praying mantis (below) on the second-floor wooden planking above Blondie's Pizza, 4th and G streets,...

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:56 PM

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