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'Bee-ing' There at the Dixon May Fair

Dixon 4-H'er Ryan Anenson of the Tremont 4-H Club created this award-winning educational display,

"You can learn a lot from these displays," a fairgoer at the 144th annual Dixon May Fair commented. She was looking at an educational display with the catchy title, "None of Your Beeswax," the work of Ryan Anenson of the Tremont 4-H Club, Dixon, whose...

Dixon 4-H'er Ryan Anenson of the Tremont 4-H Club created this award-winning educational display,
Dixon 4-H'er Ryan Anenson of the Tremont 4-H Club created this award-winning educational display, "None of Your Beeswax" for the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon 4-H'er Ryan Anenson of the Tremont 4-H Club created this award-winning educational display, "None of Your Beeswax" for the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon 4-H'er Madeline Giron sketched this color pencil drawing of a bee, on display in the Youth Building (Denverton Hall) at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dixon 4-H'er Madeline Giron sketched this color pencil drawing of a bee, on display in the Youth Building (Denverton Hall) at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon 4-H'er Madeline Giron sketched this color pencil drawing of a bee, on display in the Youth Building (Denverton Hall) at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This photo by Markus Taliaferro of the Suisun Valley 4-H Club shows a honey bee sipping nectar.
This photo by Markus Taliaferro of the Suisun Valley 4-H Club shows a honey bee sipping nectar.

This photo by Markus Taliaferro of the Suisun Valley 4-H Club shows a honey bee sipping nectar.

Just add pollinators! Katelyn Nipper of Fairfield created this innovative illustration of brightly color flowers and crayons.
Just add pollinators! Katelyn Nipper of Fairfield created this innovative illustration of brightly color flowers and crayons.

Just add pollinators! Katelyn Nipper of Fairfield created this innovative illustration of brightly color flowers and crayons.

Can't Cut the Mustard? Not Honey Bees!

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The phrase "can't cut the mustard" (not able to handle the job) doesn't apply to honey bees. It's spring and honey bees are emerging en force from their hives to collect nectar and pollen to feed their colonies. The fields are awash with mustard. By...

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:19 PM

Rolling in the Mustard

A honey bee foraging on mustard on Sunday, March 18 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sure sign of spring: honey bees foraging on mustard. You'll see mustard growing as cover crops in the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley vineyards, but you'll also see it gracing the hillsides, roadways and area gardens. It's a time when the yellow pollen...

A honey bee foraging on mustard on Sunday, March 18 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on mustard on Sunday, March 18 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on mustard on Sunday, March 18 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Full speed ahead:
Full speed ahead: "gold dust" or mustard pollen covers the head of this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Full speed ahead: "gold dust" or mustard pollen covers the head of this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Look closely and you can see the proboscis (tongue) of this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Look closely and you can see the proboscis (tongue) of this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Look closely and you can see the proboscis (tongue) of this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And she's off! A honey bee caught in flight as she leaves a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
And she's off! A honey bee caught in flight as she leaves a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And she's off! A honey bee caught in flight as she leaves a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 12:01 PM
Tags: gold dust (2), honey bees (346), mustard (13), pollen (27), vineyards (1)

Bees, We Can't Get Enough of Them!

Honey bee cleans her tongue in flight as she heads for another mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The joy of the season strikes a chord. When bees slip out of their California hives during winter sun breaks, they often head over to mallow blossoms to grab some nectar and pollen. A favorite is the tree mallow, Lavatera maritima “bicolor,"...

Honey bee cleans her tongue in flight as she heads for another mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee cleans her tongue in flight as she heads for another mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee cleans her tongue in flight as she heads for another mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Save some for me!" A honey bee buzzes upward toward a mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Save some for me!" A honey bee buzzes upward toward a mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Two can share, right?" Honey bees jockey for position--and pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Two can share, right?" Honey bees jockey for position--and pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Okay, let's share!" Two honey bees eye one another. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Okay, let's share!" Two honey bees eye one another. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Cherry Laurels)

A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's definitely a bee friendly plant, packed with nectar and pollen. The cherry laurel, Prunus caroliniana, a member of the rose family, draws honey bees as if there's no tomorrow. Native to the southeastern United States, it can double as a...

A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The anticipation of nectar and pollen is intense.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The anticipation of nectar and pollen is intense. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The anticipation of nectar and pollen is intense. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Touchdown! Pollen and nectar on the cherry laurel. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Touchdown! Pollen and nectar on the cherry laurel. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Touchdown! Pollen and nectar on the cherry laurel. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:27 PM

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