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Waiting for the Almond Blossoms

Beeline to Blossom

Soon beekeepers from around the country will be trucking their bees to California for the annual almond pollination.California has some 700,000 acres of almonds, with each acre requiring two hives for pollination. But an article in the Dec. 27th edition...

Beeline to Blossom
Beeline to Blossom

HONEY BEE makes a beeline to an almond blossom on the grounds of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis. California's annual almond pollination begins in February. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollination
Pollination

HONEY BEE pollinates an almond blossom on the grounds of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis. The annual almond pollination begins in February. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Bomb-Sniffing Bees?

Tongue Extended

The attempt to down an airline over Detroit, Mich., on Christmas Day with a chemical explosive strapped inside a passenger's underwear may spur new interest in honey bees as bomb-sniffing detectives.It brings to mind scientist Robert Wingo's recent talk...

Tongue Extended
Tongue Extended

TONGUE EXTENDED in anticipation of nectar, a honey bee heads for lavender. Using the Pavlov dog method, bees can be trained to stick out their tongue, or proboscis, when they smell explosives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Good Dose of Christmas Cheer

Foraging

Definitely a good dose of Christmas Cheer!In the plant world, that would be the Kniphofia “Christmas Cheer," also known as "red-hot poker." On a visit last week to the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum, we encountered a lone honey bee foraging among the...

Foraging
Foraging

A SOLITARY HONEY BEE forages among the Christmas Cheer, also known as Knipofia "Christmas Cheer' or "red-hot poker." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cleaning Her Tongue
Cleaning Her Tongue

HONEY BEE on the Christmas Cheer takes time to clean her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Christmas Cheer
Christmas Cheer

CHRISTMAS CHEER (Kniphofia) or "red-hot poker" is a UC Davis Arborteum All-Star. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Not a Creature Was Stirring?

Boxelder Bug

'Twas the night before ChristmasWhen all through the houseNot a creature was stirringNot even a mouse... --'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863)No, but maybe a boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus). In the late fall, the adults...

Boxelder Bug
Boxelder Bug

BOXELDER BUG likes to overwinter in homes and garages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red Eyes
Red Eyes

RED EYES of a boxelder bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 5:04 PM

We Owe L. L. Langstroth

Bee Hives

When the U.S. Postal Service Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee meets in January 2010, let's hope the group supports the proposal for a Lorenzo Langstroth commemorative stamp.The Rev. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1810-1895), an apiarist, clergyman and...

Bee Hives
Bee Hives

BEEKEEPING INDUSTRY is grateful to the Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth for inventing the moveable frame honey bee hive. These hives are at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers
Beekeepers

UC DAVIS bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey (left), manager of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis, tends her hives while beekeeper Elizabeth Frost assists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-Up
Close-Up

CLOSE-UP of moveable frames inside a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. There's a movement under way to honor the inventor of the moveable frames--the Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth--with a commemorative stamp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 5:37 PM

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