Join us for a comprehensive review of the “good bugs” in Sacramento landscapes.  Do you know that most of the insects in your garden are beneficial?   Learn how to identify and encourage these six-legged friends. Featured species include aphid predators such as lady beetles, lacewings, syrphid flies, soldier beetles and a range of pollinators including all kinds of bees, butterflies, flower flies and beetles.  Our speaker spent 34 years researching beneficial insects at UC Davis and is the co-author of the best-selling University of California book on beneficials: The Natural Enemies Handbook. The program includes a 60-minute lecture with lots of amazing photos and 20 minutes in the garden.

*Program may be canceled if minimum registration is not met

Pollinators and Natural Enemies of Garden Pests

Speaker: Mary Louise Flint

Date: Wednesday, May 24

Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

Price: Member: $35 / Non-member: $40

Age range: All ages welcome, but best for ages 12+

Beneficial Insects

About the Instructor: Mary Louise Flint

Mary Louise Flint is Extension Entomologist Emerita with the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California Davis.  She retired as Associate Director for Urban and Community IPM, University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project after 34 years in the UC system.  She earned her Ph.D. in entomology from UC Berkeley in 1979.

Her research has primarily been in the areas of biological control, less toxic alternatives to pesticides, and garden and landscape pest management.  Among other topics, she has studied lady beetles in community gardens, ants and parasitic wasps affecting scale insects on ornamental trees, and the invasive goldspotted oak borer in southern California.

She is author of over 100 research papers, extension publications and books related to integrated pest management.  Among her most well known are the popular University of California books Pests of the Garden and Small Farm: A Grower’s Guide to Using Less Pesticide; The Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control; and IPM in Practice:  Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management.  She also coordinated and edited the University of California Pest Notes publication series and the web site for pests of home, garden and landscape at

Her greatest joy has been to share her love for insects through teaching and writing and to stir wonder about the amazingly complex ecosystems we are all part of. 




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