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Packing Red Pollen

The honey bees are hungry.There are fewer flowers blooming this time of the year, so the bees are foraging for what they can.This morning the bees were all over the lavender (Lavandula) in our yard. One bee, packing red pollen (probably from rock...

Packing Red Pollen
Packing Red Pollen

PACKING red pollen, a honey bee glides in to gather nectar from a lavender (Lavandula), a member of the mint family. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hanging On
Hanging On

HANGING ON, the honey bee straps herself to the lavender and sips from a floral cup. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red Tongue, Red Pollen
Red Tongue, Red Pollen

GLOWING in the morning sun, this bee is a study in red: red pollen and red tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 5:59 PM
Tags: honey bees (341), Lavandula (1), lavender (27), pollen (27)

Pollination Nation

Queen Bee

Pollination Nation. That's the title of a new display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis. It's quite timely and appropriate because of the beleaguered bees. Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor and...

Queen Bee
Queen Bee

QUEEN BEE at the Bohart Museum open house was Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart and professor and vice chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollination Nation
Pollination Nation

POLLINATION NATION--UC Davis undergraduate student Eric San Gregorio studies the Pollination Nation display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM

"R" is for Research

A Bee Wave

"R" is for research at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Faciity at the University of California, Davis. What's it all about? The Laidlaw facility is a nexus for diverse bee research and scientists from throughout the world. A poster hanging...

A Bee Wave
A Bee Wave

THIS HONEY BEE, on a lavender blossom, appears to "wave." She's actually ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 5:18 PM

The A's, Bees and C's....

Honey Bee and Catmint

In an aging queen bee, does age affect the quality of her offspring? Why do some bees leave the hive and never return?Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen (right), a member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty, touches on these subjects in the...

Honey Bee and Catmint
Honey Bee and Catmint

HONEY BEE heads for catmint, a favorite of insect pollinators. The plant (genus Nepeta) is a member of the mint family or Lamiaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sipping Nectar
Sipping Nectar

SIPPING NECTAR from catmint, a honey bee buzzes from blossom to blossom.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Two Bees, Two Sizes

Two Bees

When a sweat bee and a honey bee share the same flower, the size difference is quite distinct.We took this photo of a honey bee on a rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) blossom.  Above it stood a tiny female sweat bee (probably Halictus tripartitus,...

Two Bees
Two Bees

A HONEY BEE and a sweat bee share the same flower, a rock purslane. The sweat bee is probably Halictus tripartitus, according to native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:25 PM

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