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Declining Bumble Bees

Robbin Thorp

The bumble bee population is declining and some species are teetering on the brink of extinction. That's the gist behind why three conservation groups and bumble bee researcher Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, are asking the...

Robbin Thorp
Robbin Thorp

BUMBLE BEE expert Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with his image of Franklin's bumble bee on his computer screen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Franklin's Bumble Bee
Franklin's Bumble Bee

CLOSE-UP of Franklin's Bumble Bee on a California poppy. (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp of UC Davis.)

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM
Tags: bumble bees (44), Robbin Thorp (232), Xerces Society (30)

Why Some and Not Others

Ian Pearse

When you visit the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove in the UC Davis Arboretum, you'll see one of the most diverse mature oak collections in the United States. More than 80 kinds of oaks, including scientifically documented trees native to the United...

Ian Pearse
Ian Pearse

UC DAVIS RESEARCHER Ian Pearse in front of the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove, on Garrod Drive, UC Davis Arboretum. Pearse received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation for his oak tree research. Long interested in plant biochemistry, he joined the UC Davis graduate program in entomology in 2006, after studying a year in Germany with the Max Planck Society for Chemical Ecology. He received his bachelor of science degree in plant biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2004.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Insect Damage
Insect Damage

INSECT DAMAGE to oak leaves in the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM

White Gold

Almond Orchard

Almond pollination season is approaching, and with it, come concerns. "A concern each year...is how many honey bee visitation hours occurred during bloom," writes Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen in his newly published edition of from the UC...

Almond Orchard
Almond Orchard

BEE BREEDER-GENETICIST Kim Fondrk of UC Davis tends his bees in a Dixon, Calif. almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Kim Fondrk
Kim Fondrk

CLOSE-UP of Kim Fondrk of UC Davis in a Dixon, Calif. almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE working an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:19 PM
Tags: almond orchard (2), Eric Mussen (245), honey bees (344), Kim Fondrk (10)

Prime Time for Learning

Steve Yanoviak

The noonhour seminars sponsored every Wednesday through March 10 by the Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, are drawing widespread interest. And delightedly so. Many faculty, students and staff make it a point to attend the...

Steve Yanoviak
Steve Yanoviak

TROPICAL ARTHROPOD ECOLOGIST Steve Yanoviak, shown here in a rainforest canopy in Peru, will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at a UC Davis Entomology seminar. Yanoviak is with the Department of Biology, University of Arkansas. (Photo courtesy of Steve Yanoviak)

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Singing The Blues

Blue King

Talk about singing the blues. Specifically, the noted "Blue King" (Aster amellus), a member of the sunflower family, Asteraceae.This is one flower that deserves its own chorus.At the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of...

Blue King
Blue King

HONEY BEE foraging in a patch of asters at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Working the Flower
Working the Flower

WORKING THE FLOWER, the honey bee collects food for her nearby hive.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM

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