Backyard Orchard News
Honey bee foragers collect nectar, pollen, water and propolis. Propolis? What's propolis? It's...
Honey bee with a load of propolis which her sisters later unloaded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis beekeeper Elizabeth Frost uses her hive tool to pry open the frames. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis beekeeper Elizabeth Frost tending hives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Quick! When you think of non-native species, what's your first reaction? That they're Public Enemy...
Soapberry bug on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Degree days indicate that the 3rd flight of citrus peelminer will occur the last week of June. The Lindcove entomology crew has been monitoring pummelos this week and found a few small mines confirming that the 3rd flight is starting. If you have pummelo or grapefruit varieties that have had infestations of citrus peelminer, you should treat now to prevent moths from depositing eggs and/or eggs from hatching into larvae.
Young peelminer larvae mining pummelo
Have you hugged your favorite pollinator today? It's National Pollinator Week, and you're allowed...
Female wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) heads for lupine at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) sips nectar from a marguerite daisy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) foraging on a coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) nectaring a coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Staff and academics at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) hosted the Central California Blood Center's Blood Mobile today. In all, 22 people stepped up to donate a pint.
The Central California Blood Center says more than 75 percent of Americans who reach age 72 will need blood at some point in their lifetimes; 97 percent will have a loved one or friend who will need life-saving blood. Among the most common procedures that require blood are heart surgery, accidents, organ transplants and bone marrow transplants.
Since blood is a fragile, liquid living tissue, it has a limited shelf life. Red blood cells last 42 days, platelets last 5 days, and plasma can be frozen and stored for one year. CCBC is the sole provider of blood donations to hospitals in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Mariposa counties. It strives to always maintain a five- to seven-day supply of blood.
The Kearney blood drive was organized by KARE safety coordinator Alan Cary.
Blood mobile at Kearney.
First-time donor, Jarnelle Naikaima, an administrative manager at Kearney.
Staff research associate Sue Collin (left) and physical plant mechanic Patrick West prepare to donate.