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Posts Tagged: Robbin Thorp

A Big Butterfly-and-Bee Day at the Bohart

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth display at the Bohart, shows South American rainforest butterflies, Preponas, in the genus Archaeoprepona to butterfly-bee enthusiast Ria deGrassi of Davis. (Photos by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a big butterfly-and-bee day at the Bohart. Despite other major attractions--including the gorgeous spring day and the March Madness basketball tournament--nearly 300 people visited the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology last Saturday during its...

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Well, Hello, Bumble Bee...

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, peers at the photographer. This one buzzed into Robbin Thorp's office at UC Davis on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What are the odds? Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, greeted a visitor on Feb. 14 in his office in the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. This visitor didn't talk,...

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:50 PM

The First Bumble Bee of the Year!

A male three-banded bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Allan Jones)

Remember that recently concluded contest to find the first butterfly of the year? Arthur Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, annually sponsors the "Beer for a Butterfly" contest, offering a pitcher of beer for the...

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The Wonders You'll See at UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day

This ceramic-mosaic sculpture of a worker bee, created by artist Donna Billick, anchors the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, the wonders you'll see at the sixth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day! It's sort of like the wonders of the world but this is a science-based event at UC Davis. Scheduled Saturday, Feb. 18, it's a special day for the public to go behind the...

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Saving the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

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Hear that buzz? That's the sound of success. It finally happened. The beleaguered rusty-patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, is now listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species, the first bee in the continental United...

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:21 PM

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