Author Archives: Isabella Messer

A Primer on Parasitoids

You know about butterflies, about bees, beetles, and ladybugs, all of our favorite garden critters – but do you know about the parasitic wasp? Alias: The Parasitoid. Not quite a parasite and not quite a predator, they are the zombie-creating … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: The Mining Bee

The Mining Bee This entry is from Isabella Messer, an undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator. Halictus ligatus(Say, 1837), otherwise known as the Mining Bee and which can be classified as a Sweat … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: Woodland Skipper

This entry is from Isabella Messer, and undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator. As winter starts to wind down, daffodils and crocuses begin to emerge, and butterfly enthusiasts start looking forward to another … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

  This entry is from Isabella Messer, an undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator.   Despite the misleading name, we have unfortunately not discovered a new cross species between California butterflies and tortoiseshell … Continue reading

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