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Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jacks? No, Queen Bee Cells

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With the opening of baseball season, it's "peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks!" But to beekeepers, it's peanuts. Or rather, peanut-like shells. Immature queen bees grow to maturity in cells that resemble peanut shells.  When UC Davis bee...

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Hoodie

Hooded Praying Mantis

A baby hooded praying mantis is among the new residents of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academc Surge, on the UC Davis campus. It's a Rhombodera basalis or Giant Malayasian Shield Mantis and is a gift from a teacher in Elk Grove. "It...

Hooded Praying Mantis
Hooded Praying Mantis

THIS HOODED PRAYING MANTIS, a baby, is a new resident of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

You're Painting with What?

Maggot Art

If you want to create art that's bound to be a conversation piece, you need to head over to Briggs Hall at the University of California, Davis on Saturday, April 18. April 18 is the 95th annual UC...

Maggot Art
Maggot Art

MAGGOT ART will be offered at the UC Davis Picnic Day for the seventh consecutive year. It's about dipping a maggot in non-toxic, water-based paint and letting it crawl across white paper. Maggot Art was coined by forensic entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty, who is seeking her doctorate at UC Davis.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sea Creature
Sea Creature

SEA CREATURE--Forensic entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty of UC Davis created this Maggot Art piece titled "Sea Creature." It drew "oohs and aahs" at her 2007 Maggot Art Show in Sacramento. (Photo by Rebecca O'Flaherty)

Combining Art and Science
Combining Art and Science

COMBINING ART AND SCIENCE--Rebecca O'Flaherty, who coined and trademarked "Maggot Art," an educational curriculum combining art and science, teaches a group of youths at a summer session at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Easter Bonnet

Carpenter Bee

Irving Berlin wasn't writing about carpenter bees when he penned "Easter Bonnet": In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade I'll be all in clover and when they look you over I'll be...

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

CARPENTER BEE investigates a Bird's Eye blossom (Gilia tricolor) on the UC Davis campus. Pit stop for nectar! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Easter Bonnet
Easter Bonnet

CARPENTER BEE snuggles inside a Bird's Eye (Gilia tricolor) blossom. Voila! An Easter bonnet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Lavishing the Lavender

The Bee Man

If you built it (a field of dreams), they will come. And if you bring flowers, that's all the bettter. Melissa "Missy" Borel, program manager of the California Center for Urban Horticulture, UC Davis, and a strong proponent of bee...

The Bee Man
The Bee Man

THE BEE MAN, aka Eric Mussen, Cooperative Extension apiculturist and faculty member at UC Davis, talks to Fox 40 reporter Darsha Philips (center) and cameraman Andrew Faulk. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee on Lavender
Bee on Lavender

BEE ON LAVENDER--A honey bee visits a potted Spanish lavender, Otto Quast, at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee Friendly Plants
Bee Friendly Plants

BEE FRIENDLY PLANTS--Lavender, salvia and stalked bulbine are among the scores of bee friendly plants that gardeners are encouraged to grow in their yards. Missy Borel of the California Center for Urban Horticulture, UC Davis, brought these plants for a television interview today at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 5:44 PM

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