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Time to Revisit 'The 13 Bugs of Christmas'

It's time to revisit the "13 Bugs of Christmas!" Back in 2010, two innovators with the UC Davis Department of Entomology (now the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology) decided that "The 12 Days of Christmas" ought to be replaced with...


"On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 5 golden bees." This is one of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 5 golden bees." This is one of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a honey bee--not something that beekeepers want to see on their bees! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A varroa mite on a honey bee--not something that beekeepers want to see on their bees! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a honey bee--not something that beekeepers want to see on their bees! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen bee and her retinue.
A queen bee and her retinue. "On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 queen bees piping." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen bee and her retinue. "On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 queen bees piping." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Rousing, Standing Ovation for Eric Mussen

As Extension apiculturist, Eric Mussen shared his knowledge of bees. Here he opens a hive for a group to show them the queen, worker bees and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was so well-deserved. Internationally known honey bee guru Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, drew a rousing, standing ovation on Jan. 12 at the 75th annual American Beekeeping Federation's conference in Reno. To his surprise, Mussen...

As Extension apiculturist, Eric Mussen shared his knowledge of bees. Here he opens a hive for a group to show them the queen, worker bees and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As Extension apiculturist, Eric Mussen shared his knowledge of bees. Here he opens a hive for a group to show them the queen, worker bees and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As Extension apiculturist, Eric Mussen shared his knowledge of bees. Here he opens a hive for a group to show them the queen, worker bees and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eric and Helen Mussen (at left) of Davis with Gene and Christine Brandi of Los Banos at the American Beekeeping Federation conference in Reno. Gene Brandi presented Eric Mussen with the Founders' Award from the  Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.
Eric and Helen Mussen (at left) of Davis with Gene and Christine Brandi of Los Banos at the American Beekeeping Federation conference in Reno. Gene Brandi presented Eric Mussen with the Founders' Award from the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.

Eric and Helen Mussen (at left) of Davis with Gene and Christine Brandi of Los Banos at the American Beekeeping Federation conference in Reno. Gene Brandi presented Eric Mussen with the Founders' Award from the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.

Take It From a Bee Guy: Honey Is Not 'Bee Vomit'

Foraging honey bees return to the hive to share nectar, which the house bees will turn into honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Take it from the bee scientists. Honey is NOT vomit. That incongruous belief that “Honey is bee vomit” is resurfacing on a number of YouTube channels, opinion pieces and other Internet posts. It's usually said with great glee: “Honey...

Foraging honey bees return to the hive to share nectar, which the house bees will turn into honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Foraging honey bees return to the hive to share nectar, which the house bees will turn into honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Foraging honey bees return to the hive to share nectar, which the house bees will turn into honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees sharing nectar with their hungry sisters.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bees sharing nectar with their hungry sisters. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees sharing nectar with their hungry sisters. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

'The 13 Bugs of Christmas'--Revisited

Five gold rings? How about five golden bees?

Back in 2010, two innovators with the UC Davis Department of Entomology (now the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology) decided that "The 12 Days of Christmas" ought to be replaced with insects. Remember that iconic song, "The 12 Days of...

Five gold rings? How about five golden bees?
Five gold rings? How about five golden bees? "On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 5 golden bees, 4 calling cicadas, 3 French flies, 2 tortoise beetles and a psyllid in a pear tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Five gold rings? How about five golden bees? "On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 5 golden bees, 4 calling cicadas, 3 French flies, 2 tortoise beetles and a psyllid in a pear tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gathering of Beekeepers

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If anyone at Lake Tahoe has bee issues that need answering next week, they need look no farther than Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The beekeepers will be there! The California State Beekeepers' Association (CSBA) will meet for its 128th annual convention,...

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:20 PM

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