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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

From DEET to Sweet

Walter Leal

Congratulations are in order. Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, has just been selected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, a prestigious honor granted to only 10 or few...

Walter Leal
Walter Leal

WALTER LEAL is a newly selected Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, a prestigious award granted to only 10 or fewer members of the 6000-member organization each year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 6:49 PM

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