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The Humble Bumble Bee

Queen Bumble Bee

A sure sign of approaching spring... As the cold weather subsides, out come the overwintering queen bumble bees. They're gathering nectar and pollen, building their nests and laying eggs. Lynn Kimsey, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department...

Queen Bumble Bee
Queen Bumble Bee

QUEEN BUMBLE BEE--The queen bumble bees are out again, after overwintering. Entomologist Lynn Kimsey found this young queen in Briggs Hall on the UC Davis campus yesterday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peeking Out
Peeking Out

BUMBLE BEES occasionally build their nests in birdhouses. Here a Bombus melanopygus in a birdhouse last year on the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility grounds heads out. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 5:58 PM

A Wonderful Gift

Newborn Bee

It's a wonderful gift. Häagen-Dazs last December committed $125,000 to...

Newborn Bee
Newborn Bee

NEWBORN BEE--A newborn bee at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis struggles to right herself. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Veteran Bee
Veteran Bee

VETERAN BEE--This bee gathering pollen from sage is nearing the end of her lifespan, which is four to six weeks during the busy season. Notice the lack of hair on her thorax, an indication of "old" age. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Picture Perfect?

These picture-winged flies were captured in Birds Landing in mid-February and popped into a jar for identification. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lots of them, but what are they? Vacaville residents Mark and Julie Vasquez began finding little flies in Birds Landing, near Rio Vista, in late January 2009. Their numbers are increasing rapidly. “They’re everywhere,” said Mark. “They’re in our...

These picture-winged flies were captured in Birds Landing in mid-February and popped into a jar for identification. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These picture-winged flies were captured in Birds Landing in mid-February and popped into a jar for identification. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of picture-winged fly.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of picture-winged fly.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up close--This macro shot shows the head of a picture-winged fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Up close--This macro shot shows the head of a picture-winged fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Insect.Desperto

Eduardo Kac

Have you seen it?  Insect.Desperto? Internationally renowned artist Eduardo Kac, who uses biotechnology and genetics...

Eduardo Kac
Eduardo Kac

BRAZILIAN-BORN ARTIST Eduardo Kac will speak Thursday night, March 5 as part of the Consilience of Art and Science colloquium, sponsored by the Art/Science Fusion Program at the University of California, Davis.

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Visitor in the Garden

Visitor in the garden

The rain and wind took turns destroying the flowers in our garden last Sunday in a siege not unlike a scene from The Wrestler. The rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) took a beating, but like Mickey Rourke, it will return.  Last year the...

Visitor in the garden
Visitor in the garden

This little critter, probably a native bee, seems to be glaring at the photographer. The flower is a rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:32 PM

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