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What's Wrong With This Photo?

Bliss?

Take a close look. What's wrong with the first photo posted below this blog? If you're a beekeeper or someone who's been around bees, you'll know immediately. If not, you may look at the photo and say "Hmm, a honey bee. Yep, it's a honey bee, all...

Bliss?
Bliss?

WHAT'S WRONG with this photo? For the answer, read the text above. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Worker Bee
Worker Bee

WORKER BEE collecting nectar from a nectarine blossom. All worker bees are females. They forage for pollen, nectar, propolis and water. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Not Brotherly Love

Dead bees

'Tis the season for brotherly love, but not in the bee hive. As the honey-gathering season ends and the weather turns colder, the worker bees (infertile females) push their brothers--the drones--out of the hive. Drones are of no use to the colony in the...

Dead bees
Dead bees

DEAD BEES--Drones are pushed out of the hive, cold and hungry, as the honey-gathering season ends and the weather turns colder. Some of these bees are drones (males) and some are worker bees (infertile females). This photo was taken Dec. 20, 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 6:49 PM
Tags: dead bees (3), drones (8), winter (2), worker bees (6)

The Queen Bee

The queen bee and her court

If you were a queen bee, you'd be laying about 1500 to 2000 eggs today. It's your busy season. "She's an egg-laying machine," said bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis....

The queen bee and her court
The queen bee and her court

The queen bee (the largest bee, center) is surrounded by her court, the worker bees, who take care of her every need. They feed her, groom her and protect her "and then they have the additional tasks of rearing and feeding her young," said bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. (Photo courtesy of Susan Cobey, UC Davis Department of Entomology)

A Marked Queen Bee
A Marked Queen Bee

Where's the queen bee? She's easy to spot. She's the one with the dot. These bees are part of a colony being reared by Kim Fondrk of UC Davis. See http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/news/beestock.html. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM
Tags: drones (8), Kim Fondrk (10), queen bee (10), Susan Cobey (83), worker bees (6)

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