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High-Wire Act

Heading in

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...

Heading in
Heading in

A pollen-packin' honey bee heads toward a gaura (Gaura linheimeri). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, a gaura!
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
Under the Big Top

The honey bee seems to relish being under The Big Top. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Balancing act
Balancing act

The honey bee performs a balancing act on the gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Upside down
Upside down

The honey bee gathers pollen from a gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

High-wire act
High-wire act

The honey bee dangles from a gaura. And, no net below! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM
Tags: bee blossom (1), butterfly bush (12), circus act (1), Gaura linheimeri (1), guara (1), honey bees (341), pollen (27)

Mighty Mite

Mite on drone

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
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 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)

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM
Tags: bee mite (1), Eric Mussen (245), honey bees (341), varroa mite (13)

Honey, Meet Me at the Fair

Karen Flores and Dennis Price

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

Karen Flores and Dennis Price: The bees have their attention and their respect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Liquid gold
Liquid gold

Olympians have gold medals, but beekeepers have liquid gold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Observation hive
Observation hive

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 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)

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 7:34 PM

A Honey of a Ride

ericmussenkeirreavie

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...

ericmussenkeirreavie
ericmussenkeirreavie

UC Davis apiculturist Eric Mussen (left) explains bee behavior to Keir Reavie, head of the Biological and Agriculture Sciences Department at Shields Library.

spidereatingbee
spidereatingbee

A spider in the Shields Library parking lot feasts on an El Cerrito bee.

beeonhand
beeonhand

Bees swarm in and out of the door frame.

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 1:04 PM
Tags: commuter ride (1), Eric Mussen (245), honey bees (341), Keir Reavie (1), swarm (2), vanpool (1)

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