The yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) may be one of the most underappreciated pollinators.
You see it buzzing around lavender, lupine, California poppies, mustard and other plants.
But a Xerces Society study of organic farms in Yolo County...
Foraging Bumble Bee
FORAGING-A worker bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, gathers nectar from mustard (Brassica) at Bodega Bay. The pollen is from lupine (Lupinus), which does not provide nectar, notes native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
SADDLEBAGS--This yellow-faced bumble bee at Bodega Bay is packing pollen from lupine (Lupinus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A golden bee on golden mustard.What could represent spring in California more than that? Well, besides the just-ended almond pollination season.Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, manager of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the...
Honey Bee on Mustard
HONEY BEE foraging on mustard at Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc., Orland, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A GYMNASTIC honey bee gathering nectar from mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Who's the Visitor?
A HONEY BEE pokes her head around a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)