It’s like going to the circus.
A bee circus.
When you see honey bees gather pollen from a gaura (Gaura linheimeri), it’s as if they ran off and joined the circus. You'll see hire-wire (er...high-stem) acts, somersaults, pirouettes, cartwheels...
A pollen-packin' honey bee heads toward a gaura (Gaura linheimeri). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ah, a gaura!
The honey bee gives her stamp of approval to the gaura, a perennial also known as "the bee blossom." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Under the Big Top
The honey bee seems to relish being under The Big Top. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bee performs a balancing act on the gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bee gathers pollen from a gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bee dangles from a gaura. And, no net below! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's a mighty mite and it's causing beekeepers fits.
The varroa mite (see photo below) is an external parasite that attacks honey bees. It sucks blood from the adults (apparently preferring drones, the male bees) and from the brood (immature...
Mite on drone
A female varroa mite on a drone (male bee). The mite is the reddish-brown parasite on the bee's thorax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eric Mussen with panel of bees
Eric Mussen, UC Davis apiculturist, with a panel of bees at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As a child, Dennis Price loved to watch the honey bees. “I could sit and watch them all day,” he said.
He still does. Love the honey bees, that is.
And he never tires of watching them....
Karen Flores and Dennis Price
Karen Flores and Dennis Price: The bees have their attention and their respect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Olympians have gold medals, but beekeepers have liquid gold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fairgoers check out the observation hive in the Californa Foodstyle building at the California State Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Piglets not the sole attraction
Piglets shown by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are a key attraction at the California State Fair, but bees are drawing a lot of attention, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A funny thing happened on the way from El Cerrito to UC Davis on Friday, Aug. 1.
And it wasn't even Friday the 13th.
At 7 a.m., a group of UC Davis employees approached their commuter van in an El Cerrito parking lot. But, after glancing at the...
UC Davis apiculturist Eric Mussen (left) explains bee behavior to Keir Reavie, head of the Biological and Agriculture Sciences Department at Shields Library.
A spider in the Shields Library parking lot feasts on an El Cerrito bee.
Bees swarm in and out of the door frame.