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Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs

Water Warrior

The economy is tanked. The cuts keep coming. The smiles fade. Not tomorrow. Friday afternoon, July 17 is the seventh annual Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs. Bruce? That would be Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology at the...

Water Warrior
Water Warrior

BRUCE HAMMOCK knows how to dodge water balloons and he'll do so again Friday at Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotcha!
Gotcha!

GOTCHA! Bruce Hammock is hit by a water ballon. When the water warriors deplete their supply of water balloons, they turn to tubs and buckets. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Bee-utiful Work!

Honey bee on Almond

Honey bees--what do you know about them? Do you know what the queen bee, worker bees and drones do? Do you know why bees swarm?   Do you want to learn to be a beekeeper? Or, if you already are a beekeeper,  how do you keep your hives...

Honey bee on Almond
Honey bee on Almond

HONEY BEE nectars an almond blossom. This is one of the photos appearing on Cooperative Extension's newly launched Bee Health Web site. California's 700,000 acres of almonds require two hives per acre for pollination. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-Packing Bee
Pollen-Packing Bee

POLLEN-PACKING BEE heads for an almond blossom. This is one of the photos appearing on Cooperative Extension's newly launched Bee Health Web site. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

The Peter Pan Bees

Blossom Bound

Peter Pan vowed he'd never grow up. "I won't grow up!" yelled the boy, a figment of a Scottish novelist's imagination. "I won't grow up!" So it is with Peter Pan Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanus), a dwarf...

Blossom Bound
Blossom Bound

BLOSSOM BOUND, a pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a Peter Pan Agapanthus, a dwarf version of Lily of the Nile. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Touchdown
Touchdown

TOUCHDOWN!--A honey bee lands on a Peter Pan Agapanthus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Funnel Fun
Funnel Fun

FUNNEL FUN--A honey bee tunnels inside the funnel-shaped blossom of the Peter Pan Agapanthus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 6:15 PM
Tags: bee (8), funnel (1), Peter Pan Agapanthus (1)

Bee Swarm at Briggs

Bee Swarm

Eagle-eyed Carol Nickles saw it first. The graduate student coordinator for the UC Davis Department of Entomology spotted the bee swarm from a third-floor window of Briggs Hall. There it was, swaying on a tree branch, about 25 feet above the...

Bee Swarm
Bee Swarm

BEE SWARM on a limb near Briggs Hall, home of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. This telephoto was taken from the third floor of Briggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee Tree
Bee Tree

BEE TREE at Briggs. To the left of the lettering, "Swarm," is the pencil-shaped bee swarm. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Just Bee-Cause

Honey Bee

Sometimes you don't think about the declining bee population when you see a pollen-dusted honey bee rolling around in a poppy blossom, but colony collapse disorder (CCD) is still with us. Pollinator protection is a must. That's why we were glad to see...

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

A HONEY BEE rolls around in a poppy, the California state flower.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up Close
Up Close

POLLEN-PACKING honey bee nectars a poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 6:34 PM

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