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'A' Is for Almonds and 'Z' Is for Zamora

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"A" is for almonds and "Z" is for Zamora. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 15 for a two-hour workshop, "Almond Pollination and Orchard Pollinator Planters" in Zamora, Yolo County. It's free and open to the public.UC Davis pollination ecologists and...

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:25 PM

The Story Behind This Bumble Bee Pollen Load

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing a mixed load of pollen from the flowers near her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a treat to find not one--but five yellow-faced bumble bees (Bombus vosnesenskii) foraging on a rosemary hedge on Valentine's Day. Feb. 14 was a perfect day for foragers, as the temperature climbed into the '70s, an unusually warm February day. The...

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing a mixed load of pollen from the flowers near her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing a mixed load of pollen from the flowers near her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing a mixed load of pollen from the flowers near her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The mixed pollen load is highly visible here: the female Bombus vosnesenskii is foraging on rosemary, but her load indicates she previously visited California golden poppy, oxais, wild radish and mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The mixed pollen load is highly visible here: the female Bombus vosnesenskii is foraging on rosemary, but her load indicates she previously visited California golden poppy, oxais, wild radish and mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The mixed pollen load is highly visible here: the female Bombus vosnesenskii is foraging on rosemary, but her load indicates she previously visited California golden poppy, oxais, wild radish and mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coming in for a landing--a bumble bee ballet. This is the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Coming in for a landing--a bumble bee ballet. This is the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coming in for a landing--a bumble bee ballet. This is the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Going Native

Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees aren't the only bees out foraging. We saw our first native bee of the season on Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the UC Davis...

Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The head of the sweat bee,Halictus rubicundus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The head of the sweat bee,Halictus rubicundus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The head of the sweat bee,Halictus rubicundus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, prepars for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, prepars for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, prepars for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Rain Beetles Are Curious Critters

This rain beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, was collected in Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, rain! It's good for the drought and it's good for the rain beetles. If you've never seen a rain beetle (genus Pleocoma) no worries. Most people haven't, either. You have to be in the right place at the right time, which amounts to being in a fall...

This rain beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, was collected in Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This rain beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, was collected in Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This rain beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, was collected in Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata,walks on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata,walks on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A beetle, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata,walks on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Rain beetles are large and shiny. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Rain beetles are large and shiny. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Rain beetles are large and shiny. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A collection of rain beetles, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, from Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A collection of rain beetles, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, from Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A collection of rain beetles, thought to be Pleocoma fimbriata, from Plymouth, Amador County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5:38 PM

A Buggy Kind of Christmas: A Poem Revisited

Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a buggy kind of Christmas. Mussen/Garvey style.You've heard "The 12 Days of Christmas," beginning with a single "partridge in a pear tree" and ending with "12 drummers drumming." In between: two turtle doves, three french hens, four calling birds,...

Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Varroa mites are Pubic Enemy No. 1 of beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Varroa mites are Pubic Enemy No. 1 of beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Varroa mites are Pubic Enemy No. 1 of beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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