Those dratted mites.
UC Davis entomologist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor and a native bee pollinator specialist, sent us a BBC report linking a varroa mite infestation to a devastating honey production loss in the UK. It's the worst honey crisis ever...
Mite on Drone
A varroa mite (see reddish-brown spot on bee's thorax) at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. Varroa mites are native to Asia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mites on Hive Floor
MITES ON HIVE FLOOR--UC Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey points to two varroa mites on a hive floor. The varroa mite is an external parasite of honey bees.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Okay, what are the answers?
In a prior blog, we listed several questions asked at the Linnaean Games, a college-bowl type of quiz that’s a traditional part of the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting. You...
Pondering a Question
PONDERING A QUESTION are (from left) the UC Riverside team of Jennifer Henke, Casey Butler, Jason Mottern and Rebeccah Waterworth. UC Riverside won the Linnaean Games. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
WE WON!--Casey Butler exults as he breaks the dead heat, giving UC Riverside the win in the 2008 Linnaean Games. From left are Jennifer Henke, Casey Butler, Jason Mottern and Rebeccah Waterworth at the moment they realized they'd won. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis Team
UC DAVIS TEAM--Pondering a question are (from left) Hillary Thomas, Andrew Pedersen, Dominic Reisig and Michael Branstetter. Pederson and Reisig study with their major professor Larry Godfrey, who was on the University of Kentucky championship team in 1983 that won the second annual Linnean Games. Thomas' major professor is Frank Zalom and Branstetter's major professor is Phil Ward. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In football lingo, a curl is a spin on a football, which makes it swerve when it's kicked.
Honey bees can also "curl."
I took this photo today of a lone bee curled on purple sage. The worker bee was gathering nectar in the summerlike...
THE CURL--A honey bee, curled like a comma, nectars purple sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
He knows his ants.
Michael Branstetter, a doctoral candidate in entomology at the University of California, Davis, won a coveted President’s Prize for his oral presentation on ants at the 56th annual Entomological...
PESIDENT'S PRIZE--Michael Branstetter, a doctoral candidate in entomology at the University of California, Davis, won a coveted President's Prize for his presentation on ants at the Entomological Society of America's 56th annual meeting, held Nov. 16-19 in Reno. His major professor is Phil Ward. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Profile of an Ant
AUTO-MONTAGE--UC Davis doctoral candidate Michael Branstetter created this profile picture of an undescribed species of Stenamma. (Courtesy of Michael Branstetter)
The movie, "Sideways," has nothing on a spotted cucumber beetle climbing up, down and sideways on a rock purslane.
The spotted cucumber beetle is a pest, while the rock purslane has to be among the world's most beautiful flowers. (And also...
Spotted cucumber beetle
SPOTTED CUCUMBER BEETLE--A spotted cucumber beetle on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spotted cucumber beetle inside rock purslane
A spotted cucumber beetle crawls inside a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)