Author Archives: Isabella Messer

Ethnobotany of Oregon Wildflowers

As many of you may know at this point, Aaron Anderson and Jen Hayes are conducting some amazing research regarding Oregon native plants and their pollinator attractiveness. If you haven’t had the chance to read about their research yet, check … Continue reading

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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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