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When Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Cherry Laurels)

A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's definitely a bee friendly plant, packed with nectar and pollen. The cherry laurel, Prunus caroliniana, a member of the rose family, draws honey bees as if there's no tomorrow. Native to the southeastern United States, it can double as a...

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Bees Buzzed at Cal Ag Day--So Did the People

California State Beekeepers' Association secretary-treasurer Carlin Jupe (left) and member Bill Cervenka get ready to greet the crowds at Cal Ag Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees buzzed at Cal Ag Day. So did the people. When legislators, agriculturists, and city folk celebrated California Ag Day on Wednesday, March 16 on the west lawn of the state capitol grounds, everything buzzed, including the bees inside an observation...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:53 PM

When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride

A varroa mite attached to a honey bee forager. It's the reddish brown spot near the wing. The bee is foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those blood-sucking varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers. In powerful numbers and weakened colonies, they can overwhelm and collapse a hive. We remember seeing a varroa mite attached to a foraging honey bee one...

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Hear the Buzz!

A honey bee heads toward almond blossoms on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're anywhere near an almond orchard, you've probably heard the steady buzz. That's the soothing sound of honey bees gathering food for their colony--and in the process, pollinating almonds. The buzz is to bees what a purr is to a cat. On the UC...

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:51 PM

About Those Bee Hive Thefts

Honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. California now has a million acres of almonds, and each acre requires two colonies for pollination. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"As bees vanish, bee heists multiply!" screamed a Feb 16th headline in The Washington Post. So true. For her news story, reporter Jenny Starrs interviewed "Bee Detective" Jay Freeman of the Butte County Sheriff's Office (he's a detective all year long...

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:10 PM

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