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A Hymn for Her

The Dead Bee

Did you catch the  "The Burns and the Bees" episode on The Simpsons Sunday night? Dead honey bees take over the otherwise animated TV show.  Bart, on a dare from schoolyard bullies, knocks a bee's nest from a tree and it lands...

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The Dead Bee

The Dead Bee
The Dead Bee

THE DEAD BEE--Worker bees prepare to remove their dead sister (far left) from the hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 5:13 PM

To Bee or Not to Bee

To Bee or Not to Bee

"To bee or not to bee." That is the question. What is the solution? The plight of the honey bees has not escaped the UC Davis Entomology Graduate Students' Association (EGSA). This year's winning t-shirt, the result of a...

To Bee or Not to Bee
To Bee or Not to Bee

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE--Yao Hua Law (left) and Randy Veirs hold up the "To Bee or Not to Bee" t-shirt. It is intended to do double duty: to raise funds for the UC Davis Entomology Graduate Students' Association and to raise awareness for the plight of honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of Drawing
Close-up of Drawing

CLOSE-UP of Randy Veirs' drawing shows a Shakespearean bee in period costume. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Pollinator Paradise

Honey bee on sage

There's been trouble in paradise far too long. Now, thanks to a generous donation from Häagen-Dazs, there will be a pollinator paradise--in the way of a bee friendly garden--at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC...

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Honey bee on sage

Honey bee on sage
Honey bee on sage

HAVEN FOR HONEY BEES--A honey bee gathers nectar from salvia (sage). Sage is sure to be one of the featured plants in bee friendly garden at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 5:24 PM

They Suck

Aphids on Gaura

Call them plant lice. Call them plant suckers. Call them aphids. The tiny, soft-bodied insects with pear-shaped bodies form denses colonies on plants. They suck. Literally. Their destructive feeding habits do not endear them to gardeners and farmers....

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Aphids on Gaura

Aphids on Gaura
Aphids on Gaura

APHIDS ON GAURA--These aphids are feasting on a gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 8:20 PM
Tags: aphids (33), gaura (3), plant lice (1), plant suckers (1)

They Did It!

ESA IPM Team Award

They did it. The University of California team that developed a successful insect pest management program for almond growers, leading to significant pesticide reduction, drew praise and applause at the  Entomological Society of America's 56th...

ESA IPM Team Award
ESA IPM Team Award

THE PRESENTATION--On stage for the ESA IPM Team Award are (from left) team member Dr. Barat Bisabri of Dow AgroSciences; Melissa Siebert, Dow AgroSciences, representing the sponsor of the award; team member Mario Viveros, UC Farm Advisor emeritus, Kern County; team member Walt Bentley, UC IPM advisor, UC Kearney Ag Center; team member Carolyn Pickel, UC IPM advisor, Sutter/Yuba counties; Dr. Bradley Vincent, presenting the award on behalf of the Entomological Foundation, and team member Dr. Frank Zalom, professor and Extension entomologist, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee-Line to an Almond Blossom
Bee-Line to an Almond Blossom

BEE-LINE TO AN ALMOND BLOSSOM--A pollen-packed honey bee heads toward an almond blossom. It takes two hives per acre to pollinate California's 700,000 acres of almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 5:44 PM

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