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Unexpected Visitor

Yellow-faced Bumble Bee

It's time to pop open a bottle of champagne and do a happy dance. Finally, finally, we saw a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) in our yard. After a 20-year absence. Dusted with yellow pollen, it (or rather he) was nectaring the rock...

Yellow-faced Bumble Bee
Yellow-faced Bumble Bee

YELLOW-FACED bumble bee inside a rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cover with Pollen
Cover with Pollen

COVERED WITH POLLEN, the yellow-faced bumble bee rolls in the pollen of the rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side View
Side View

SIDE VIEW of the yellow-faced bumble bee inside the rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Two Nectar Robbers

Carpenter Bee Robbing Nectar

You've probably seen carpenter bees engage in the practice known as "nectar robbing." Due to their large size, they cannot enter tubelike blossoms such as salvia (sage), so they slit the base of the corolla. They rob the nectar without pollinating the...

Carpenter Bee Robbing Nectar
Carpenter Bee Robbing Nectar

CARPENTER BEE (Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex) robs nectar from a salvia (sage) by slitting the corolla. A carpenter bee is too big to enter the tubelike blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Bee Robbing Nectar
Honey Bee Robbing Nectar

A HONEY BEE sips nectar from a corolla pierced by a carpenter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM
Tags: carpenter bee (24), honey bee (195), nectar robbing (2), UC Davis (162)

Gaura! Gaura! Gaura!

Honey Bee on Gaura

Pollen-packing honey bees dangling from gaura (Gaura linheimeri) are a joy to photograph. Gaura, native to Louisiana, Texas and Mexico, is a long-stemmed plant with a burst of pinkish-white petals that resemble whirling butterflies. A member of the...

Honey Bee on Gaura
Honey Bee on Gaura

POLLEN-PACKING honey bee nectaring gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sipping Away
Sipping Away

SIP, SIP, SIPPING AWAY--A honey bee nectaring gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM
Tags: gaura (3), Gaura linheimer (1), honey bee (195), pollen (25)

Golden Moments

Golden Bee

Don't know if silence is GOLDEN, but Italian honey bees definitely are.Early morning Saturday, I watched a bee the color of liquid gold nectaring the lavender in our yard.A golden opportunity to capture her brilliance. She won't live long. Field bees...

Golden Bee
Golden Bee

ITALIAN HONEY BEE forages for nectar on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nectaring on Lavender
Nectaring on Lavender

EARLY MORNING SUN warms a honey bee as she nectars on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Day Visitor

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees (Xylocopata tabaniformis orpifex) can't get enough of the day lilies in our yard. In the early morning, they buzz into the patch of day lilies to forage for nectar and pollen. When they're finished, it's easy to tell where they've been:...

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

FEMALE carpenter bee (Xylocopata tabaniformis orpifex) visits a day lily. (Pkoto by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 8:42 PM

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