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All Systems Are 'Bee' for UC Davis Bee Symposium

Odds are, due to the rain, you won't find any bees flying around Davis during the UC Davis Bee Symposium, but you might find a rainbow or a reflection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All systems are "bee" for the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy, on Saturday, March 3. Except for a little liquid sunshine. Unexpected rain, however, won't deter beekeepers, bee scientists and other bee enthusiasts from...

Odds are, due to the rain, you won't find any bees flying around Davis during the UC Davis Bee Symposium, but you might find a rainbow or a reflection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Odds are, due to the rain, you won't find any bees flying around Davis during the UC Davis Bee Symposium, but you might find a rainbow or a reflection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Odds are, due to the rain, you won't find any bees flying around Davis during the UC Davis Bee Symposium, but you might find a rainbow or a reflection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Researcher Santiago Ramirez to Discuss Those Amazing Orchid Bees

An orchid bee in flight. UC Davis researcher Santiago Ramirez will discuss his work at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Sympoisum on March 3. (Photo by Santiago Ramirez)

Have you ever marveled at those amazing male orchid bees, which gather perfume compounds to attract females? Distributed throughout South and Central America, orchid bees are easily distinguished by their brilliant metallic coloration, primarily green,...

An orchid bee in flight. UC Davis researcher Santiago Ramirez will discuss his work at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Sympoisum on March 3. (Photo by Santiago Ramirez)
An orchid bee in flight. UC Davis researcher Santiago Ramirez will discuss his work at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Sympoisum on March 3. (Photo by Santiago Ramirez)

An orchid bee in flight. UC Davis researcher Santiago Ramirez will discuss his work at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Sympoisum on March 3. (Photo by Santiago Ramirez)

The colorful orchid bees
The colorful orchid bees "are extremely charismatic organisms," says UC Davis researcher Santiago Ramirez. (Photo by Santiago Ramirez)

The colorful orchid bees "are extremely charismatic organisms," says UC Davis researcher Santiago Ramirez. (Photo by Santiago Ramirez)

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Why Aren't There More Women in Beekeeping?

When it comes to gender, most beekeepers are males. In national beekeeping groups women represent less than a third of leadership positions, according to the Bee Culture magazine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Why aren't there more women in beekeeping? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 31 percent of all American farmers are women, contributing $12.9 billion to the agricultural economy, says Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and...

When it comes to gender, most beekeepers are males. In national beekeeping groups women represent less than a third of leadership positions, according to the Bee Culture magazine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
When it comes to gender, most beekeepers are males. In national beekeeping groups women represent less than a third of leadership positions, according to the Bee Culture magazine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When it comes to gender, most beekeepers are males. In national beekeeping groups women represent less than a third of leadership positions, according to the Bee Culture magazine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Sharon Schmidt (left), who founded the Cascade Girl Organization in Oregon and serves as its volunteer executive director, talks to Amina Harris, executive director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center at the 2017 UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Sharon Schmidt (left), who founded the Cascade Girl Organization in Oregon and serves as its volunteer executive director, talks to Amina Harris, executive director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center at the 2017 UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Sharon Schmidt (left), who founded the Cascade Girl Organization in Oregon and serves as its volunteer executive director, talks to Amina Harris, executive director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center at the 2017 UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees draw the attention of both men and women, but more men than women are beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees draw the attention of both men and women, but more men than women are beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees draw the attention of both men and women, but more men than women are beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Is Jade Lucky? Well, Bumble Bees Like It!

A yellow-faced bumble bee nectars on jade blossoms at the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bumble bee was hungry. She moved quickly from blossom to blossom on a jade plant at the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park, Solano County. As she foraged, you could see her tongue (proboscis) and her trademark yellow face and yellow stripe...

A yellow-faced bumble bee nectars on jade blossoms at the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee nectars on jade blossoms at the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee nectars on jade blossoms at the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a moment to spare! This yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on jade blossoms in Benicia is taking advantage of the warm weather and early blooms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Not a moment to spare! This yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on jade blossoms in Benicia is taking advantage of the warm weather and early blooms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a moment to spare! This yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on jade blossoms in Benicia is taking advantage of the warm weather and early blooms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Going sideways! The yellow-faced bumble bee pauses for a moment on jade blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Going sideways! The yellow-faced bumble bee pauses for a moment on jade blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Going sideways! The yellow-faced bumble bee pauses for a moment on jade blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee is nearing the end of her foraging. Now it's back to her underground nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The yellow-faced bumble bee is nearing the end of her foraging. Now it's back to her underground nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee is nearing the end of her foraging. Now it's back to her underground nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Noted Garden Designer Kate Frey: Plant a Pollinator Garden And They Will Come

A yellow-faced bumble bee,  Bombus vosnesenskii, forages for nectar on teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland, while a pollen-laden honey bee wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Would you like to design and plant a bee friendly garden? Do you want to attract such pollinators as honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies? World-class garden designer and avid pollinator advocate Kate Frey of Hopland will be among the speakers at...

A yellow-faced bumble bee,  Bombus vosnesenskii, forages for nectar on teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland, while a pollen-laden honey bee wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages for nectar on teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland, while a pollen-laden honey bee wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages for nectar on teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland, while a pollen-laden honey bee wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two yellow-faced bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, share  teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two yellow-faced bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, share teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two yellow-faced bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, share teasel in the Kate and Ben Frey Garden, Hopland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 2:53 PM

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