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Tiny Saviors in Our Backyard

Metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're interested in native bees, you'll want to read the newly published University of California research article,  "Tiny Saviors in Our Backyard."Native pollinator specialists Robbin Thorp and Neal Williams of the UC Davis Department of Entomology...

Metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Protecting the Pollinators

Assistant professor Neal Williams and Kimiora Ward, research associate from the Williams lab, collect bees.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see so many publications focusing on the pollinator crisis--because that's exactly what it is, a crisis. Writing for the Nature journal, Sharon Levy recently examined pollination studies that focus on the importance of pollinators and the...

Assistant professor Neal Williams and Kimiora Ward, research associate from the Williams lab, collect bees.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Assistant professor Neal Williams and Kimiora Ward, research associate from the Williams lab, collect bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Assistant professor Neal Williams and Kimiora Ward, research associate from the Williams lab, collect bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Neal Williams (right) and colleague Rufus Isaacs confer at the Entomological Society of America meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Reno. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Neal Williams (right) and colleague Rufus Isaacs confer at the Entomological Society of America meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Reno. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Neal Williams (right) and colleague Rufus Isaacs co confer at the Entomological Society of America meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Reno. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Seeing Red

Sweat bee

It’s triple-digit hot and you’re relaxing in a swimming pool when suddenly you realize you have company. A knat-sized insect with a red abdomen lands next to you. It looks like a wasp. No, it looks like a bee. Wait, what is it? In this case (see...

Sweat bee
Sweat bee

THIS GNAT-SIZED insect with a red abdomen is a female cuckoo sweat bee from the genus Sphecodes. Fished out of a swimming pool, it is crawling around on a net. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM
Tags: cuckoo bee (5), Mace Vaughan (4), Robbin Thorp (231), Sphecodes (1)

Build It And They Will Come

Bee block

Build it and they will come. Baseball’s “Field of Dreams?” No, a bee nesting block.  Think "bee condo." It’s an artificial nesting site made of wood and drilled...

Bee block
Bee block

This is a bee nesting block built to attract native pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bee
Leafcutter bee

A female leafcutting bee heads for the bee nesting block. The holes are of different diameters and depths to attract a greater diversity of native bees.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In flight
In flight

Leafcutter bees are just a few of the native bees that use a bee nesting block. The block faces the morning sun so that bees can warm themselves up to flight temperature. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 2:45 PM
 
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