Frolicking in the Poppies

May 21, 2010

The Campus Buzzway is buzzing with bees.

The quarter-acre wildflower garden, located by the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road at the University of California, Davis, was planted last fall with California golden poppies (the state flower), lupine and coreopsis (tickseed).

This spring it's come alive.

This morning we watched honey bees dive head first in the poppies and roll around like kids in a haymow. The bees emerged coated with fine grains of pollen, much like kids dusted with hayseed.

The Campus Buzzway, a gift from Häagen-Dazs, is situated next to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden that's a year-around food source for honey bees and other pollinators and a year-around educational experience for visitors. Plans are under way for a Sept. 11th grand opening, complete with speakers, tours and bee-themed hand-outs. 

Meanwhile, the Campus Buzzway is picture-perfect with poppies and bees. Or is it bees and poppies? 

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

HONEY BEE, tongue extended, heads for a California golden poppy in the UC Davis Campus Buzzway.  The Campus Buzzway is planted with poppies, lupine and coreopsis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heading for Poppy

HONEY BEE cradled inside a poppy. The poppy is the California state flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Rolling in the Pollen

COVERED with pollen, a honey bee emerges from a California poppy in the quarter-acre UC Davis Campus Buzzway. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen Dust

READY FOR FLIGHT, a honey bee crawls over the petals of a poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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