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Can't Cut the Mustard? Not Honey Bees!

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The phrase "can't cut the mustard" (not able to handle the job) doesn't apply to honey bees. It's spring and honey bees are emerging en force from their hives to collect nectar and pollen to feed their colonies. The fields are awash with mustard. By...

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:19 PM

About Those Bee Stings: A Question Everyone Wants to Know

It's a question everyone wants to know. When folks hear about the 70-year beekeeping/bee wrangling career of 85-year-old apiculturist Norman Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Davis, they ask: "How many times has he been...


"Bee Man" Norm Gary clustered with bees during a bee wrangling stunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Bee Man" Norm Gary clustered with bees during a bee wrangling stunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a bee sting. This photo was taken when a guard bee was defending her colony. Note the stinger embedded in the arm and the stretched abdominal tissue as the bee pulls away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a bee sting. This photo was taken when a guard bee was defending her colony. Note the stinger embedded in the arm and the stretched abdominal tissue as the bee pulls away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a bee sting. This photo was taken when a guard bee was defending her colony. Note the stinger embedded in the arm and the stretched abdominal tissue as the bee pulls away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Why Hobby Beekeepers in Urban Environments Should Limit Themselves to Two Hives

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Hobby beekeepers in urban environments should limit themselves to two hives, says apiculturist Norman Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, in his newly published book,  Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and...

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'Bee Man" Norm Gary is covered with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

'Bee Man" Norm Gary is covered with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee-hold: The Eye of a Honey Bee

Close-up of the eye of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee-hold, the eye of a honey bee! Have you ever looked into the eye of a honey bee? Really looked? If you read Norm Gary's popular book, Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees, you'll see just how marvelous they are. Norm Gary, emeritus...

Close-up of the eye of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the eye of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the eye of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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