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If I Were a Carpenter...Bee

Male Carpenter Bee

“I’ve got black bumblebees buzzing around our backyard like crazy,” the caller said. “They’re loud. Very loud. They’re dive-bombing and scaring the cat and dog. I’ve never seen anything like...

Male Carpenter Bee
Male Carpenter Bee

This male carpenter bee (Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex Smith NB) visits salvia (sage). Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumblebee
Bumblebee

A bumblebee (Bombus vosnesenskii) visits a flower in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 6:36 PM
Tags: bumblebees (1), carpenter bees (7), pest (1), pollinators (25), Robbin Thorp (224)

The Sting

The Sting

Ouch! So, you’ve been stung by a bee. If you’re a beekeeper, an occasional sting is a natural part of beekeeping. UC Davis apiculturist Eric Mussen says that the average beekeeper may be stung approximately 3000 times a year. Mussen...

The Sting
The Sting

Here's a close-up of what the stinging apparatus looks like in the skin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 6:20 PM

Writing with Light

Ten-lined June beetle

I've always loved the wit and wisdom of insect-inspired poets. God in His wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. - - Ogden Nash "The Fly" We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how...

Ten-lined June beetle
Ten-lined June beetle

"Wanna make something of it?" Ten-lined June beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee
Honey bee

"C'mon in, the nectar's fine." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blow fly
Blow fly

"Hey, I'm a pollinator, too!" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Carpenter bee
Carpenter bee

"Okay, I'm a pest, but just think of me as a bee." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee on pomegranate blossom
Bee on pomegranate blossom

"I came for the nectar but I'm staying for the pollen." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mosquito
Mosquito

"I'm out for blood." Culex quinquefasciatus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spotted cucumber beetle
Spotted cucumber beetle

"Just think of me as a lady bug." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 5:55 PM
Tags: bee (7), bugs (11), insects (44), mosquito (5), photography (4), ten-lined June beetle (1), writing with light (1)

California's Gold and Nature's Gallery

studentsandmosaic

When the California State Fair, Sacramento, opens Friday, Aug. 15 for an 18-day run, don't miss "California's Gold" and "Nature's Gallery" in the UC Davis Centennial Pavilion (Building 3). The 6,000-square-foot pavilion will showcase...

studentsandmosaic
studentsandmosaic

“California's Gold” artists include (from left) students Stacy Matsuura, Joji Kume, Frank Sousa, Lesli Hamamoto, community member Joy Elson, professor Diane Ullman, alumna Feiyian Yoong and community member Barbara Engel.

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2008 at 6:55 PM

What's Entomology?

richardbohart

I'm standing in line at the photo center, waiting to pay for the dozen 8x10 photos of noted entomologist Richard Bohart that I’d ordered for his UC Davis memorial. “Doc,” as he was called, died Feb. 1, 2007 in Berkeley at age 93 after...

richardbohart
richardbohart

Richard Bohart (1913-2007) on May 15, 2006, when he received the International Society of Hymenopterists Distinguished Research Medal, one of three ever awarded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 1:01 PM

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