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A Gathering of Beekeepers and a Gathering of Kids and Bees

This is a scene from one of the Bee Girl programs in southern Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)

Bee ready! This is the week of the 40th annual Western Apicultural Society's conference, set Sept. 5-8 at the University of California, Davis. The non-profit group, founded at UC Davis to meet the educational needs of small-scale beekeepers primarily...

This is a scene from one of the Bee Girl programs in southern Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)
This is a scene from one of the Bee Girl programs in southern Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)

This is a scene from one of the Bee Girl programs in southern Oregon. Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)

Youngsters are awed by the bee display, part of Bee Girl Sarah Red-Laird's activities. This is a photo from a southern Oregon program. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)
Youngsters are awed by the bee display, part of Bee Girl Sarah Red-Laird's activities. This is a photo from a southern Oregon program. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)

Youngsters are awed by the bee display, part of Bee Girl Sarah Red-Laird's activities. This is a photo from a southern Oregon program. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)


"Bee Girl" Sarah Red-Laird shows youngsters a hive. However, at the Sept. 5th program at UC Davis, the first graders will not be opening a hive. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)

"Bee Girl" Sarah Red-Laird shows youngsters a hive. However, at the Sept. 5th program at UC Davis, the first graders will not be opening a hive. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Red-Laird)

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Larry Connor: How to Keep Your Bees Alive and Growing

Beekeeper and author Larry Connor is a frequent speaker on the bee conference circuit. This photo was taken in 2010 at the Western Apicultural Society's meeting in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How do you keep your bees alive and growing? That will be the topic of honey bee guru Lawrence "Larry" Connor of Kalamazoo, Mich., when he presents a special short course during the Western Apicultural Society (WAS) conference, to take place Sept. 5-8...

Beekeeper and author Larry Connor is a frequent speaker on the bee conference circuit. This photo was taken in 2010 at the Western Apicultural Society's meeting in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper and author Larry Connor is a frequent speaker on the bee conference circuit. This photo was taken in 2010 at the Western Apicultural Society's meeting in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper and author Larry Connor is a frequent speaker on the bee conference circuit. This photo was taken in 2010 at the Western Apicultural Society's meeting in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper, book author and columnist Larry Connor addresses a crowd at the Western Apicultural Society meeting in 2010 in Healdsburg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper, book author and columnist Larry Connor addresses a crowd at the Western Apicultural Society meeting in 2010 in Healdsburg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper, book author and columnist Larry Connor addresses a crowd at the Western Apicultural Society meeting in 2010 in Healdsburg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM

UC Davis Faculty, Staff to Offer Expertise at Bee Conference

A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Excitement is building for 40th annual Western Apicultural Society (WAS) conference, set Sept. 5-8 at the University of California, Davis, its birthplace. The non-profit educational organization, geared for small-scale beekeepers in the western United...

A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, leaves a rockpurslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, leaves a rockpurslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, leaves a rockpurslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

How Do Insects, Spiders React to a Partial Solar Eclipse?

A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil during the partial solar eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sky darkens. The temperature drops several degrees. A breeze rustles the leaves of the African blue basil. Dogs bark. And off in the distance, a hawk shrills. A partial solar eclipse is about to happen in Vacaville, Calif. I am watching the...

A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil during the partial solar eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil during the partial solar eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil during the partial solar eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, a female Stagmomantis limbata (as identified by Andrew Pfeifer) lurks beneath a milkweed leaf during the partial eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis, a female Stagmomantis limbata (as identified by Andrew Pfeifer) lurks beneath a milkweed leaf during the partial eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, a female Stagmomantis limbata (as identified by Andrew Pfeifer) lurks beneath a milkweed leaf during the partial eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-coated honey bee ignores the eclipse and forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-coated honey bee ignores the eclipse and forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-coated honey bee ignores the eclipse and forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two stink bugs on a bluebeard,Caryopteris x clandonensis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two stink bugs on a bluebeard,Caryopteris x clandonensis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two stink bugs on a bluebeard,Caryopteris x clandonensis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An assassin bug looking for prey. It's on a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An assassin bug looking for prey. It's on a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An assassin bug looking for prey. It's on a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee trapped in a web (and freed by the photographer). It was the spider's second catch of the day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee trapped in a web (and freed by the photographer). It was the spider's second catch of the day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee trapped in a web (and freed by the photographer). It was the spider's second catch of the day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Tags: eclipse (1), Eric Mussen (244), honey bee (20), milkweed (1), orbweaver (1), praying mantis (2), predator (1), prey (1), spider (1), Tithonia (2)

Top-Bar Beekeeping Advocate Les Crowder to Speak at WAS Conference at UC Davis

Les Crowder examines a frame from his top-bar hive. A resident of Austin, Texas, he will speak Sept. 7 at the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis.

Are top-bar beekeeping hives for you? What are their advantages and disadvantages as compared to the traditional Langstroth hives? You'll learn all about top-bar hives when Les Crowder of Austin, Texas, discusses "Major Considerations in Top Bar Hive...

Les Crowder examines a frame from his top-bar hive. A resident of Austin, Texas, he will speak Sept. 7 at the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis.
Les Crowder examines a frame from his top-bar hive. A resident of Austin, Texas, he will speak Sept. 7 at the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis.

Les Crowder examines a frame from his top-bar hive. A resident of Austin, Texas, he will speak Sept. 7 at the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis.

A honey bee heads over the top of  a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads over the top of a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads over the top of a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM

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