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Bumble Bees at Bodega

Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're on your way to Bodega Bay in Sonoma County, stop at Bodega Head and see all the yellow-faced bumble bees on a yellow coastal plant, Eriophyllum, commonly known as the woolly sunflower. The bumble bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, are back and they...

Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, on woolly sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of bumble bee, vosnesenski. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of bumble bee, vosnesenski. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of bumble bee, vosnesenski. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This yellow-faced bumble bee is packing red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This yellow-faced bumble bee is packing red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This yellow-faced bumble bee is packing red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

The Overlooked Bees of Bodega Head

A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those who hike the trails of Bodega Head, a small promontory in Sonoma County overlooking the Pacific Ocean, enjoy the colorful wildflowers, the roaring ocean, and a sheltered sandy beach. They picnic. They play. They pose for photos. But there's one...

A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female digger bee finishes her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee scouts the landscape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee scouts the landscape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee scouts the landscape. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flying low, flying fast.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flying low, flying fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flying low, flying fast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sandy cliffs of Bodega Head hold bee villages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sandy cliffs of Bodega Head hold bee villages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sandy cliffs of Bodega Head hold bee villages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Bye, Bye 2012

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The last honey bee of 2012. Despite the cold weather at Bodega Bay last Friday, we managed to see a few honey bees nectaring a New Zealand tea tree, aka Leptospermum scoparium. The temperature registered 53 degrees and there they were, foraging among...

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Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Diggin' the Bees in Bodega

Female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, heads for her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They can fool you. Just like replica designer bags, shoes and sunglasses meant to look like the real thing  (think Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Prada), those digger bees on Bodega Head, overlooking Bodega Bay,  look like bumble...

Female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, heads for her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, heads for her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, heads for her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Packing pollen, a female digger bee,  Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, crawls into her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey),
Packing pollen, a female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, crawls into her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey),

Packing pollen, a female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, crawls into her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey),

Outline of sand cliff with female digger bee heading home. Note the turrets these bees build. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Outline of sand cliff with female digger bee heading home. Note the turrets these bees build. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Outline of sand cliff with female digger bee heading home. Note the turrets these bees build. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, looks less like a bumble bee than the female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, looks less like a bumble bee than the female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, looks less like a bumble bee than the female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Feeding Frenzy on Bodega Head

Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on yellow lupine on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're planning to hike the hills around Bodega Head in Sonoma County, watch out for the bears. The woolly bear caterpillars, that is. Last Sunday, with the temperature hovering around 70 degrees, the woolly bears were everywhere. They were munching...

Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on yellow lupine on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on yellow lupine on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Woolly bear caterpillar on wild radish on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Woolly bear caterpillar on wild radish on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Woolly bear caterpillar on wild radish on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

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