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Cenizo!

Honey bee in cenizo

If you’ve ever visited the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Aboretum, you’ve probably noticed the honey bees enjoying the cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens), an evergreen shrub with silvery foliage and bell-shaped pinkish-lavender...

Honey bee in cenizo
Honey bee in cenizo

A pollen-packed honey bee dips her head in cenizo in the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Aboretum.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sideways
Sideways

Let's go sideways. A honey bee relishes the cenizo in the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up!
Bottoms up!

Whoopsie, daisy! Er, whoopsie, cenizo! It's bottoms up for this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Queen of the Crops

Find Waldo

We often hear of "cream of the crop," but the honey bee is  the "queen of the crops." Honey bees are crucial to California’s $32 billion agriculture industry. They  pollinate more than 90...

Find Waldo
Find Waldo

A pollen-packed honey bee curls up in a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM
Tags: Eric Mussen (245), honey bee (196), major crops (1), pollination (10), pomegranate (6)

What's for Dinner?

Camouflaged

The praying mantis isn't at all concerned about culinary choices. It doesn't worry about who's coming to dinner, only that dinner will come. This aggressive, predatory insect will eat just about anything it can get its claws on, entomologists agree....

Camouflaged
Camouflaged

The praying mantis, camouflaged, lies in wait. Hmmm, is that camera edible?(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Waiting for dinner
Waiting for dinner

A praying mantis awaits prey. Note its forelegs with strong spikes for grabbing and grasping prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM

The Secret's Out

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility

The secret's out. Or, rather, the secret's in.  Inside. A number of years ago, UC Davis entomologist Diane Ullman created a ceramic sign outside the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, located on Bee Biology Road, west of the UC...

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility

See the ceramic hive on this sign at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility? The black hole leads to a real hive, located in back of the sign. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heading in
Heading in

Honey bees head through the opening of the hive in the sign at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2008 at 6:25 PM

The Bee and the Fly

A bee meets a fly

UC Davis forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey is a genius, to be sure. Show him a fly and he'll tell you exactly what it is and what it's all about. I shot this photo at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. The honey bee...

A bee meets a fly
A bee meets a fly

A honey bee checks out a minute black scavenger fly at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 12:39 PM

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