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Queen Bumble Bee

Everybody loves a bumble bee.Especially the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii.And especially a queen.Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, and first-year entomology...

Queen Bumble Bee
Queen Bumble Bee

QUEEN BUMBLE BEE, a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) heads down the tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry
Hungry

A TASTE OF HONEY--The queen bumble bee sips a gift of honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flight of the Bumble Bee
Flight of the Bumble Bee

THE QUEEN, after consuming honey, takes flight around the tower of jewels, a nine-foot high plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Declining Bumble Bees

Robbin Thorp

The bumble bee population is declining and some species are teetering on the brink of extinction. That's the gist behind why three conservation groups and bumble bee researcher Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, are asking the...

Robbin Thorp
Robbin Thorp

BUMBLE BEE expert Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with his image of Franklin's bumble bee on his computer screen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Franklin's Bumble Bee
Franklin's Bumble Bee

CLOSE-UP of Franklin's Bumble Bee on a California poppy. (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp of UC Davis.)

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Bumble Bees at Bodega Bay

Windswept Bumble Bee

Thar’s gold in them thar hills. And also bumble bees. If you visit the Sonoma County coastal town of Bodega Bay, and drive up to Bodega Head overlooking the ocean, you’ll see a carpet of gold flowers known as coastal goldfields or Lasthenia...

Windswept Bumble Bee
Windswept Bumble Bee

BUMBLE BEE (Bombus bifarious) nectaring coastal goldfields at Bodega Bay. This species is the second most common bumble bee species at Bodega Bay. This is a worker or female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male Bumble Bee
Male Bumble Bee

MALE BUMBLE BEE, a Bombus bifarius, nectaring coastal goldfields at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Eyes Have It
The Eyes Have It

THIS BUMBLE BEE, a worker or female bee, is a Bombus vosnesenskii, the most common bumble bee at Bodega Bay. She is nectaring coastal goldfields (Lasthenia minor), a native wildflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Where Have All the Bumble Bees Gone?

Pollen-Packing Bumble Bee

The Smithsonian Institution is the place to "bee" on Monday, June 22. UC Davis pollinator specialist and researcher Robbin Thorp will join other bumble bee experts from across the country in a "Plight of the Bumble Bees" public...

Pollen-Packing Bumble Bee
Pollen-Packing Bumble Bee

POLLEN-PACKING bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii), the most common California bumble bee, buzzes a flower in the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Arboretum. This photo was taken July 13, 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nectaring
Nectaring

THIS YELLOW-FACED BUMBLE BEE (Bombus vosnesenskii) nectars a flower in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sweet Nectar
Sweet Nectar

SWEET NECTAR--A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) gathers nectar in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 5:20 PM

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