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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)

Celebrating the New Year with Bumble Bees in Benicia

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on New Year's Day, 2017, on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

While folks from Alaska to Colorado to New York to Maine are shivering in freezing temperatures, here in sunny California--well, at least parts of the Golden State are sunny--bumble bees are foraging on winter blooms. Bumble bees? On the first day of...

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on New Year's Day, 2017, on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on New Year's Day, 2017, on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on New Year's Day, 2017, on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the cream-colored pollen on this yellow-faced bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring today (Jan. 1) on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Check out the cream-colored pollen on this yellow-faced bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring today (Jan. 1) on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the cream-colored pollen on this yellow-faced bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring today (Jan. 1) on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, dips  for nectar on a jade blossom in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bottoms up! A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, dips for nectar on a jade blossom in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, dips for nectar on a jade blossom in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flowering Jade Draws Some Pollinators

European syrphid fly forages  on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park.  This is a Eristalinus aenus.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not spring yet, but don't tell that to the pollinators at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. We traveled to the state park on Monday, Jan. 25 to see if we could find a bumble bee foraging on the jade blossoms. Or more specifically, the...

European syrphid fly forages  on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park.  This is a Eristalinus aenus.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European syrphid fly forages on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. This is a Eristalinus aenus.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European syrphid fly forages on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. This is a Eristalinus aenus.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:25 PM

An Awesome Bloomer

Honey bee foraging in bacopa on grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At first glance, we thought "Strawberry blossoms!" Not strawberries, though. The white-floral ground cover at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park is Sutera cordata or bacopa, as identified by Missy Gable, program manager of the California...

Honey bee foraging in bacopa on grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging in bacopa on grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging in bacopa on grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-covered Benicia bee on bacopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-covered Benicia bee on bacopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-covered Benicia bee on bacopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM
 
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