Backyard Orchard News
The UC ANR web site Asian Citrus Psyllid Distribution and Management http://ucanr.edu/sites/ACP/Distribution_of_ACP_in_California/ provides a zoomable web map that shows the quarantine boundaries around the HLB-infected trees (found and removed) in southern California.
If you click on the layers drop down arrow, you can turn off the ACP layer and check the box for the newly released Diaphorencyrtus parasitic wasp and see where it has been released to help reduce Asian citrus psyllid in residential areas (you can also view the Tamarixia wasp). http://ucanr.edu/sites/ACP/Distribution_of_ACP_in_California/
So you want to be a beekeeper...but you don't know where to begin. You're in luck. Bee...
UC Davis Extension apiculturist Elina Niño (left) explaining bee biology. At right is staff research associate Bernardo Niño, her husband. They will teach two short courses in September. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees, as seen through a bee observation hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sometimes you just can't win for losing. This morning a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly...
A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Talk about a spittin' image. When you see one spittlebug froth, you've seen them all, right? They...
There's a spittlebug nympth inside this frothy material. This one is on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An adult spittlebug. (Photo by Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy of UC IPM)
So, what's a meloid beetle to do? Here you are, a meloid beetle foraging on a Mexican...
A male long-horned digger bee targets a pest, a meloid beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly shares a Mexican sunflower with a meloid beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a meloid beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A meloid beetle about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keaetley Garvey)