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Gone Fishin'

Carniolan

It's not just two-legged humans that take a dip in the pool. So do six-legged honey bees searching for water. When temperatures soar, honey bees scramble to collect water for their colony. They release droplets of water in the hive as their...

Carniolan
Carniolan

CARNIOLAN HONEY BEE, a dark bee, is drenched from falling into a swimming pool. She is magnum black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Recuperating
Recuperating

RECUPERATING from an unwanted dip in a swimming pool, this Carniolan honey bee is just about ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Italian bee
Italian bee

THIS ITALIAN BEE rests after a near fatal dip in a swimming pool while she was trying to collect water for her hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up and Over
Up and Over

UP AND OVER--An Italian honey bee climbs up a swim mat. Bee friendly hosts netted her from their swimming pool a few moments earlier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 7:07 PM
Tags: black bee (1), Carniolan (1), heat (1), Italian bees (2), swimming pools (1)

Seeing Red

Sweat bee

It’s triple-digit hot and you’re relaxing in a swimming pool when suddenly you realize you have company. A knat-sized insect with a red abdomen lands next to you. It looks like a wasp. No, it looks like a bee. Wait, what is it? In this case (see...

Sweat bee
Sweat bee

THIS GNAT-SIZED insect with a red abdomen is a female cuckoo sweat bee from the genus Sphecodes. Fished out of a swimming pool, it is crawling around on a net. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM
Tags: cuckoo bee (5), Mace Vaughan (4), Robbin Thorp (227), Sphecodes (1)

Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs

Water Warrior

The economy is tanked. The cuts keep coming. The smiles fade. Not tomorrow. Friday afternoon, July 17 is the seventh annual Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs. Bruce? That would be Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology at the...

Water Warrior
Water Warrior

BRUCE HAMMOCK knows how to dodge water balloons and he'll do so again Friday at Bruce's Big Balloon Battle at Briggs at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotcha!
Gotcha!

GOTCHA! Bruce Hammock is hit by a water ballon. When the water warriors deplete their supply of water balloons, they turn to tubs and buckets. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Bee-utiful Work!

Honey bee on Almond

Honey bees--what do you know about them? Do you know what the queen bee, worker bees and drones do? Do you know why bees swarm?   Do you want to learn to be a beekeeper? Or, if you already are a beekeeper,  how do you keep your hives...

Honey bee on Almond
Honey bee on Almond

HONEY BEE nectars an almond blossom. This is one of the photos appearing on Cooperative Extension's newly launched Bee Health Web site. California's 700,000 acres of almonds require two hives per acre for pollination. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-Packing Bee
Pollen-Packing Bee

POLLEN-PACKING BEE heads for an almond blossom. This is one of the photos appearing on Cooperative Extension's newly launched Bee Health Web site. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

The Peter Pan Bees

Blossom Bound

Peter Pan vowed he'd never grow up. "I won't grow up!" yelled the boy, a figment of a Scottish novelist's imagination. "I won't grow up!" So it is with Peter Pan Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanus), a dwarf...

Blossom Bound
Blossom Bound

BLOSSOM BOUND, a pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a Peter Pan Agapanthus, a dwarf version of Lily of the Nile. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Touchdown
Touchdown

TOUCHDOWN!--A honey bee lands on a Peter Pan Agapanthus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Funnel Fun
Funnel Fun

FUNNEL FUN--A honey bee tunnels inside the funnel-shaped blossom of the Peter Pan Agapanthus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 6:15 PM
Tags: bee (7), funnel (1), Peter Pan Agapanthus (1)

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