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The Taubers: Legends in the Entomological World

The Taubers

They met and married in the 1960s when they were studying for their doctorates in entomology at UC Berkeley. They established exemplary careers in entomology at Cornell University. Now, at retirement age, they've moved back to Northern California. Meet...

The Taubers
The Taubers

THE RESEARCHERS--Maurice and Catherine Tauber in Brazil.

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Bees in Art

Andrew Tyzack and His Hives

Bees engage us. They fascinate, charm and inspire us. Last Sunday morning, as the temperature climbed from 40 to 50 degrees, the honey bees joined us in our garden. They buzzed in and out of the autumn blossoms, gathering pollen and nectar. I stood...

Andrew Tyzack and His Hives
Andrew Tyzack and His Hives

BEEKEEPER AND ARTIST Andrew Tyzack of East Riding, Yorkshire, UK, with his bees. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Tyzack)

Close-Up
Close-Up

CLOSE-UP of Andrew Tyzack of East Riding, Yorkshire, UK, tending his bees. He is a beekeeper, an artist and the founder of the Web site, Bees in Art (http://www.beesinart.com), considered the world's first art gallery devoted to bees.

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Not a Pleasant Sight

Mite on bee

What's wrong with this photo?A honey bee is nectaring a lavender, right? Right.But if you look closely, you'll see a Varroa mite--a parasite--attached to her.  Varroa mites, considered the No. 1 pest in the honey bee industry, are linked to colony...

Mite on bee
Mite on bee

VARROA MITE on a honey bee (see raised reddish-brown spot under the wing). The mites reproduce in the hive, sucking the blood of pupae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up
Close-up

CLOSE-UP of a Varroa mite on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Bottoms Up

Pink Oxalis

A recent visit to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden found honey bees making a...yes...beeline...for the pink oxalis (Oxalis herta), a native of South Africa. Some folks consider oxalis, especially yellow oxalis, a "weed." Indeed, "oxalis management" is...

Pink Oxalis
Pink Oxalis

HONEY BEE, with tongue extended, makes a "beeline" for pink oxalis (Oxalis herta) in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms Up
Bottoms Up

BOTTOMS UP--This honey bee found this pink oxalis (Oxalis herta) to her liking at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. She has to stretch to reach the nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Red November

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)

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