Saving the Bees, One Shirt at a Time

Oct 23, 2009

Officials at the UC Davis Department of Entomology and the Bohart Museum of Entomology are saving the bees--one T-shirt at a time.

Fran Keller, a doctoral candidate in entomology, and Nanase Nakanishi, a senior animal science major, teamed to create a "Save the Bees" T-shirt, spotlighting the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility and the adjacent Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.

The newly planted haven is a half-acre bee friendly garden designed to provide a year-around food source for honey bees and an educational experience for human visitors. By spring, it will be well-established and in full bloom.

And the T-shirt? Nakanishi served as the artist, and Keller, the designer.

Nakanishi, a Bohart student employee for the past three years, plans to become a veterinarian.

Keller's Ph.D. work involves tenebrionids or darkling beetles. She studies with major professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart and professor and vice chair of the Department of Entomology.

In her "spare" time, Keller has created a number of insect posters and T-shirts, all available at the museum.

The bee shirt, which comes in black or yellow, is receiving scores of accolades. "Cute!" is one of them.

The front says "Save the Bees" and is inscribed with the Laidlaw facility name. The back features a photo (taken by yours truly) of a newly emerged bee tucked inside the line drawing of a hive. It is lettered with "Follow me to the Honey Bee Haven Garden!"

Keller said the shirts will sell for $20 for adults and $15 for youths, and range in size from 2XL to small for adults, and XS to large for youths.

All proceeds are earmarked for honey bee research at UC Davis. The shirts are available at the Bohart Museum, 1124 Academic Surge, UC Davis campus, or by accessing the Bohart Web site.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

SPORTING the new honey bee t-shirts they created to raise funds for honey bee research at UC Davis are Nanase Nakanishi (left), an animal science major and a student employee at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, and Fran Keller, a doctoral student in entomology. Nanase models the front, and Fran, the back. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saving the Bees

BACK of the new honey bee t-shirt features a newly emerged bee tucked inside a line drawing of a hive. Proceeds benefit honey bee research at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)