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Posts Tagged: Eric Mussen

Another Unwelcome Intruder

The small hive beetle (black insect at left) spells trouble in a bee hive. The major problem here, though, is the larvae of a wax moth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California's beekeepers not only worry about the varroa mite (aka Public Enemy No. 1), but the small hive beetle. As the state prepares for its annual almond pollination season--which usually begins around Valentine's Day--beekeepers from all over the...

The small hive beetle (black insect at left) spells trouble in a bee hive. The major problem here, though, is the larvae of a wax moth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The small hive beetle (black insect at left) spells trouble in a bee hive. The major problem here, though, is the larvae of a wax moth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The small hive beetle (black insect at left) spells trouble in a bee hive. The major problem here, though, is the larvae of a wax moth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Another Reason to Be Involved in 4-H: Think Bees!

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The 4-H Youth Development Program is an incredible opportunity for youths to learn new skills, make new friends, and become involved in leadership activities and community service projects. It's all about "Making the Best Better" and "Learn by...

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California State 4-H Ambassadors Justina Sharp of Sacramento and Lyle Glass of Vacaville look over literature to give out at the 2015 California Agriculture Day at the State Capitol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
California State 4-H Ambassadors Justina Sharp of Sacramento and Lyle Glass of Vacaville look over literature to give out at the 2015 California Agriculture Day at the State Capitol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California State 4-H Ambassadors Justina Sharp of Sacramento and Lyle Glass of Vacaville look over literature to give out at the 2015 California Agriculture Day at the State Capitol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 5:37 PM

A Buggy Kind of Christmas: A Poem Revisited

Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a buggy kind of Christmas. Mussen/Garvey style.You've heard "The 12 Days of Christmas," beginning with a single "partridge in a pear tree" and ending with "12 drummers drumming." In between: two turtle doves, three french hens, four calling birds,...

Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Golden bee (Cordovan) nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Varroa mites are Pubic Enemy No. 1 of beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Varroa mites are Pubic Enemy No. 1 of beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Varroa mites are Pubic Enemy No. 1 of beekeepers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Buzz About Honey Bees and Marijuana

Honey bees laden with pollen returning to their colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, "retired" in June of 2014 after 38 years of service but his phone and keyboard at Briggs Hall gather no dust. The honey bee guru continues to answer a...

Honey bees laden with pollen returning to their colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees laden with pollen returning to their colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees laden with pollen returning to their colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9:16 PM
Tags: Cannabis (1), Eric Mussen (207), hemp (1), honey bees (61), marijuana (1), pesticides (4), pollinators (2), pot (1), UC Davis (6), weed (1)

What to Do When a Bee Truck Overturns

A truck loaded with bee hives. Image taken through a car window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When a bee truck overturns, all sorts of things can happen. None of them is good--unless both the people and the bees fare well. Bystanders panic. Bees can and do react to all the commotion by stinging the first responders and the bystanders. It's...

A truck loaded with bee hives. Image taken through a car window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A truck loaded with bee hives. Image taken through a car window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A truck loaded with bee hives. Image taken through a car window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM

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