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A Royal Moment with a Queen Bumble Bee

A queen bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia indigo spires in Kate Frey's pollinator garden on Nov. 12, 2017 at the Sonoma Cornerstone.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's Thanksgiving Day and time to give thanks for NOT what we WANT, but what we HAVE. And, not for what we OWN, but what we CANNOT. That includes the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. On the morning of Nov. 12, we traveled to the Sonoma...

A queen bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia indigo spires in Kate Frey's pollinator garden on Nov. 12, 2017 at the Sonoma Cornerstone.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A queen bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia indigo spires in Kate Frey's pollinator garden on Nov. 12, 2017 at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia indigo spires in Kate Frey's pollinator garden on Nov. 12, 2017 at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The queen Bombus vosnesenskii begins her bumble bee acrobatics in the Kate Frey pollinator garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The queen Bombus vosnesenskii begins her bumble bee acrobatics in the Kate Frey pollinator garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The queen Bombus vosnesenskii begins her bumble bee acrobatics in the Kate Frey pollinator garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, nectar. The queen bumble bee extends her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ah, nectar. The queen bumble bee extends her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, nectar. The queen bumble bee extends her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 2:00 AM

A Reason Why Bumble Bee Population Is Declining

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia 'Indigo Spires' in Kate Frey's pollinator garden at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The news is disturbing but not unexpected. Scientists are linking global climate change to one reason why the worldwide population of bumble bees is declining. An article published Sept. 28 in the journal Ecology Letters by Florida State University...

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia 'Indigo Spires' in Kate Frey's pollinator garden at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia 'Indigo Spires' in Kate Frey's pollinator garden at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on Salvia 'Indigo Spires' in Kate Frey's pollinator garden at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry bumble bee, a queen Bombus vosnesenskii, can't get enough of the nectar from the salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hungry bumble bee, a queen Bombus vosnesenskii, can't get enough of the nectar from the salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry bumble bee, a queen Bombus vosnesenskii, can't get enough of the nectar from the salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heads for the same plant, Salvia 'Indigo Spires,' in Kate Frey's pollinator gardener at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee heads for the same plant, Salvia 'Indigo Spires,' in Kate Frey's pollinator gardener at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heads for the same plant, Salvia 'Indigo Spires,' in Kate Frey's pollinator gardener at the Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Me, too! Another another bee wants a share of the food--the sweet nectar from Salvia 'Indigo Spires.' (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Me, too! Another another bee wants a share of the food--the sweet nectar from Salvia 'Indigo Spires.' (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Me, too! Another another bee wants a share of the food--the sweet nectar from Salvia 'Indigo Spires.' (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3:05 PM

How to Tell It's Almost Spring

Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You can tell it's almost spring when you hear bees buzzing on the flowering crab apples. Spring officially starts Friday, March 20, but don't tell that to the bees. They're in the midst of their spring build-up. Meanwhile, California Agriculture Day...

Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the pollen load of this honey bee on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Check out the pollen load of this honey bee on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the pollen load of this honey bee on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is making a beeline for the next crab apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee is making a beeline for the next crab apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is making a beeline for the next crab apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is coated with pollen from the crab apple blossoms. These photos were taken in the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee is coated with pollen from the crab apple blossoms. These photos were taken in the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is coated with pollen from the crab apple blossoms. These photos were taken in the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:06 PM

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