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A Honey of a Day--And It Gets Better!

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saturday, Aug. 19 promises to be a honey of a day--in more ways than one! And it gets better! It's National Honey Bee Day or National Honey Bee Awareness Day, launched in 2009 by newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsak during his...

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Students take notes as Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows opens a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Students take notes as Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows opens a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Students take notes as Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows opens a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Pretty in Pink--And in Other Colors, Too!

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're pretty in pink. Well, not just pink. All other colors, too.  It's National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, Aug. 20. That's when we officially celebrate the honey bee, Apis mellifera, which the European colonists brought to the Jamestown colony...

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee took a liking to a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee took a liking to a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee took a liking to a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Why She's Packing Pollen That Way

A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've ever seen honey bees foraging on primrose, you may have seen something unusual. What's with the pollen hanging below their hind legs as they buzz from primrose to primrose? There's a reason for that. Distinguished emeritus professor Robbin...

A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee rapidly covering the distance to the primrose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee rapidly covering the distance to the primrose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee rapidly covering the distance to the primrose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almost in! Honey bee partially enters a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almost in! Honey bee partially enters a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almost in! Honey bee partially enters a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging inside a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging inside a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging inside a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Celebrating the Honey Bee

A honey bee gathering pollen from a California golden poppy, California's state flower. The honey bee originated from Africa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Confusion exists as to whether National Honey Bee Day is Aug. 15 or Aug. 22. The group that formed National Honey Bee Awareness Day says its Aug. 15. Pennsylvania Apiculture, aka PennApic, launched the National Honey Bee Awareness Day in...

A honey bee gathering pollen from a California golden poppy, California's state flower. The honey bee originated from Africa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee gathering pollen from a California golden poppy, California's state flower. The honey bee originated from Africa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee gathering pollen from a California golden poppy, California's state flower. The honey bee originated from Africa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden honey bee in a California golden poppy. The poppy yields only pollen, not nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A golden honey bee in a California golden poppy. The poppy yields only pollen, not nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden honey bee in a California golden poppy. The poppy yields only pollen, not nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Celebrate the Bees on National Honey Bee Day!

Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you appreciate honey bees--particularly their pollination services--then you should thank them. Not just on National Honey Bee Day, which is Saturday, Aug. 16, but every day.   This year's theme is “Sustainable Gardening Begins with...

Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heading toward tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

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

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

Honey bee on a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee on a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee on pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

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