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'Bee Man' Norm Gary: Still Smokin'

Emeritus professor of apiculture Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, pose with Gary's 70-year-old smoker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not every beekeeper who can say they've owned--and used--a smoker for 70 years. "Bee Man" Norman Gary can. And he displayed it at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, held recently at UC Davis. Gary, who initiated and...

'Bee Man' Norm Gary Featured at WAS Conference at UC Davis

'Bee Man' Norm Gary is surrounded by bees as he is about to perform a bee wrangling stunt. He is now retired from bee wrangling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees intrigue, delight and fascinate Norman Gary. In fact, they have for 70 years. Seven decades. Yes, that's how long he's kept bees. Norm Gary's 70-year career includes both hobby and commercial beekeeping, but you probably know him by his...

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Pollen Power

Honey bee covered with pollen; she is on a yellow coneflower, Echinacea paradoxa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees carry pollen in their pollen baskets, but that's not the only place. "Pollen grains adhere to the bee's hairs, influenced by opposite electrical charges," writes Norman Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis,...

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Tags: honey bee (2), Norman Gary (14), pollen (2)

Bee My Valentine

Queen bee (with dot) and worker bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's nice to remember the honey bee on Valentine's Day. You'll see many Valentine cards  inscribed with "Bee My Valentine" and featuring a photo of a bee. Many of those photos depict a queen bee, the mother of all bees in the hive. To be a queen,...

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Sister, Can You Spare Some Food?

Worker bees--sisters--sharing nectar at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We can all learn from the honey bees. Worker bees--sisters--are like feeding machines. They not only feed each other, but feed the queen and their brothers, the drones. It's a marvelous sight to see, nectar being passed from one bee to another. Honey...

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

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