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Posts Tagged: Bumble Bees of North America

Hey, Honey Bee, I'll Race You to the Flowers!

A honey bee and a bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, head for the same patch of lavender. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hey, honey bee, I'll race you to the flowers. Okay, but you'll lose. I can go faster. Watch me! The scene: a male bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, and a worker honey bee, Apis mellifera, are buzzing along at breakneck speed toward the lavender in our...

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Bumble Bee Mellowing Out on the Mallow

It looks like...it is! A yellow-faced bumble bee,Bombus vosnesenski, seeking nectar from a mallow blossom at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nice to see you! That's how we greeted our very last bumble bee of 2016. The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, apparently came out of hibernation and started nectaring on mallow Nov. 14 at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. We were...

Landmark Book Addresses California Bees, Blooms

This is a native bumble bee, Bombus californicus, on blanketflower (Gaillardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're looking for a holiday gift for family and friends--or maybe yourself--think bees and blooms. Specifically, California bees and blooms. Even more specifically, undomesticated bees (that is, not honey bees). Did you know that: Of the 4000...

Why This Bumble Bee Is a Treasure

A male Bombus vandykei,also known as the Van Dyke Bumble Bee, forages on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. on May 17. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's so blond that all you can say is "Wow!" It's sort of like the Reese Witherspoon of bumble bees. But then the gender doesn't match. Okay, the Owen Wilson of bumble bees. The male Bombus vandykei, commonly called "The Van Dyke Bumble Bee,"  is a...

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:59 PM

What Color Is Your Pollen?

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing red pollen as it heads for an Echium (Pride of Madeira) in Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The next time you see a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) packing pollen, check out the color. Last Saturday on an outing in Vallejo overlooking the Carquinez Straits, we noticed a yellow-faced bumble bee on an Echium candicans (Pride of...

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM

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