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Snuggle Bugs

Male sunflower bees, Melissodes robustior, as identified by Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, slumber away on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just call them "snuggle bugs." Or "snuggle bees." After spending the day chasing the girls and defending their  patch of Mexican sunflowers or Tithonia, a cluster of  Melissodes robustior males settled down for the night. Their bed...

Male sunflower bees, Melissodes robustior, as identified by Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, slumber away on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male sunflower bees, Melissodes robustior, as identified by Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, slumber away on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male sunflower bees, Melissodes robustior, as identified by Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, slumber away on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 4:35 PM

You Can Take That to the Bank!

Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're good bees. You can take that to the bank! The excitement began when Martin Guerena, an integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with the City of Davis, encountered a native bee nesting site Wednesday in front of the U.S. Bank, corner of 3rd...

Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sunflower bee delivering pollen to its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sunflower bee delivering pollen to its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sunflower bee delivering pollen to its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing sunflower bee making a deposit near a Davis bank. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-packing sunflower bee making a deposit near a Davis bank. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing sunflower bee making a deposit near a Davis bank. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lindsey Hack (left) and  Allie Margulies of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis, photographing the sunflower bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lindsey Hack (left) and Allie Margulies of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis, photographing the sunflower bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lindsey Hack (left) and Allie Margulies of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis, photographing the sunflower bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

People make deposits in this bank, but sunflower bees are making deposits near the bank (left, in the wood chip mulch, circled here by yellow caution tape). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
People make deposits in this bank, but sunflower bees are making deposits near the bank (left, in the wood chip mulch, circled here by yellow caution tape). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

People make deposits in this bank, but sunflower bees are making deposits near the bank (left, in the wood chip mulch, circled here by yellow caution tape). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:08 PM

'P' is for People, Partners and Pollinators!

It was a mix of pollinators and people at the Pollinator Pavilion during UC Davis Picnic Day. Graduate student Rei Scampavia provided the display in Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see all the focus on National Pollinator Week, as typified by UC Davis graduate student/native bee ecologist Margaret "Rei" Scampavia (at right) focusing on a male Valley carpenter bee. This is Xylocopa varipuncta, also known as "the...

It was a mix of pollinators and people at the Pollinator Pavilion during UC Davis Picnic Day. Graduate student Rei Scampavia provided the display in Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It was a mix of pollinators and people at the Pollinator Pavilion during UC Davis Picnic Day. Graduate student Rei Scampavia provided the display in Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a mix of pollinators and people at the Pollinator Pavilion during UC Davis Picnic Day. Graduate student Rei Scampavia provided the display in Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors at the Pollinator Pavilion, UC Davis Picnic Day, could could get up close and personal with the pollinators in a zipped enclosure. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors at the Pollinator Pavilion, UC Davis Picnic Day, could could get up close and personal with the pollinators in a zipped enclosure. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors at the Pollinator Pavilion, UC Davis Picnic Day, could could get up close and personal with the pollinators in a zipped enclosure. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This poster by Rei Scampavia showcases the many species of pollinators.
This poster by Rei Scampavia showcases the many species of pollinators.

This poster by Rei Scampavia showcases the many species of pollinators.

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Just inTime for Pollinator Week

This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.

Just in time for Pollinator Week. The wild bee research co-authored by 58 bee scientists and published today (June 16) in Nature Communications is drawing a lot of attention--and well it should. Pointing out that wild bee diversity is declining...

This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.
This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.

This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.

This is a female sweat bee, genus Lasioglossum, on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a female sweat bee, genus Lasioglossum, on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a female sweat bee, genus Lasioglossum, on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee,  Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Does Sneezeweed Make You Sneeze?

A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Does sneezeweed make you sneeze? Over at the UC Davis Arboretum GATEway Garden. off First Street in downtown Davis, sneezeweed is blooming and bees and butterflies are all over it. We didn't see any of them "sneezing." :) A female long-horned...

A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on sneezeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on sneezeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on sneezeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:51 PM

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