National Pollinator Week celebrates the diversity of pollinators. This Gray Hairstreak is visiting the beautiful allium flower. Nectar plants are great for adult butterflies but you can boost the probability of certain species by planting larval food resources. For example, milkweed for monarchs, pipevine for pipevine swallowtails, buckwheat for a variety of species. This photo was captured by Arboretum staff member Angelica while mapping the pollinator garden. #pollinatorweek#ucdavisarboretum#ucdavis#pollinatorgarden#hairstreak#instanature#naturegram#publicgarden#butterfly
The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is native to both California and Mexico and can bloom in a variety of colors from red to the classic orange. There is disagreements as to where the petals came from as seen in this article: http://www.science.canterbury.ac.nz/nzns/issues/vol39-2014/conner.pdf obviously as a trained geneticist I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a scientific article. Another interesting thing about these plants is that they are used in erosion control and are purposefully planted along the road way in CA #california#ucdavisarboretum#poppy#science#optoutside#nofilter#mikehikes#todayilearned
#funfactfriday The fashionable UC Davis Water Tower, is located by the scenic Arboretum. The UC Davis logo was added during an incidental repainting of the tower on September 21, 1995.
The Dairy Field Water Tower is near the cow milking facilities on campus. In Fall of 2007, it was also repainted and now includes the UC Davis logo. It has also been unofficially named "Touchdown Tower" for its close proximity to the new Aggie Stadium. Prior to 2007, it was emblazoned with the old school Aggie Logo.