'Why Flies Are Fantastic': Nor Cal Entomology Topic
Tachinid fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
DAVIS--The Northern California Entomology Society will learn why “Flies Are Fantastic” and about pests of pomegranates at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3 in the conference room of the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, 155 Mason Circle, Concord.
Martin Hauser of the Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), will discuss flies at 11 a.m. and Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology will speak on "Improved Management of Cotton Aphids in Cotton and Citrus: Importance of Overwintering Populations in Pomegranates" at 2 p.m.
The event, open to club members and their guests, begins at 9:15 a.m. with registration and coffee. Five speakers will follow.
Bob Dowell of CDFA’s Plant-Integrated Pest Control will speak at 9:30 a.m. on the "Distribution, Phenology, Quarantine and Threat of Cherry Worm Fruit Flies in California,” followed at 10:15 a.m. by John Chitambar of the CDFA Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, whose topic is “Nematodes that Cause Economic Losses to Plants and Animals” and Hauser’s talk on flies at 11.
The schedule also includes the annual business meeting at 11:45 a.m., and a catered lunch at noon by Kinder’s.
The afternoon speakers are Curtis Takahashi of CDFA’s Integrated Pest Control, discussing “Control of Newly Arrived Exotic Wood Borers” at 1:15 p.m., and Godfrey’s talk on "Improved Management of Cotton Aphids in Cotton and Citrus: Importance of Overwintering Populations in Pomegranates" at 2 p.m.
The Northern California Entomology Society is comprised of university faculty, researchers, pest abatement professionals, students and other interested persons. The president is Leann Horning, an ag technician with the CDFA’s Biocontrol Program.
The society meets three times a year: the first Thursday in February, usually in Sacramento; the first Thursday in May, at UC Davis; and the first Thursday in November in the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District conference room, Concord. Membership dues are $10 year.
Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty serves as the secretary-treasurer. For further information, contact Mussen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 752-0472.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology