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I've Been Robbed!

Carpenter bee robbing nectar

Robber at work.  No, this isn't a bank heist or a gas station hold-up or a home invasion. A carpenter bee is slitting the sides of salvia (sage) to steal the nectar. Floral larceny! Book 'em, Danno! Carpenter bees are nectar robbers. Nectar...

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM
Tags: bumblebee (1), carpenter bee (24), floral larceny (1), nectar (6), robber bee (1)

Mighty Mite

Mite on drone

It's a mighty mite and it's causing beekeepers fits. The varroa mite (see photo below) is an external parasite that attacks honey bees. It sucks blood from the adults (apparently preferring drones, the male bees) and from the brood (immature...

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM
Tags: bee mite (1), Eric Mussen (244), honey bees (312), varroa mite (13)

Teacher Extraordinaire

Fran Keller

Okay, be honest. If you were attending class at 7:30 a.m., could you get excited about flies? No? How about the gender differences? Still no? You would if Mary Frances “Fran” Keller were there teaching you. You won’t find anyone more...

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Gollywhoppers in Love

Close-up of crane fly

He didn't bring her flowers. They were already sharing a sunflower leaf. He didn't bring her candy. They'd already dined on nectar. It was Labor Day and the two crane flies looked quite friendly in our bee friendly garden. More than friendly. I...

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Ain't No Moths on Me

Light brown apple moth, female

Bam! LBAM is back in the news. The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Aug. 29 that it has established a 19-square-mile quarantine straddling portions of two counties after the light brown apple moth (LBAM) was found July 23 in Napa...

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2008 at 5:40 PM

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