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Sorry, This Blossom Is Taken

A male Svastra dive-bombs another male on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). This image was taken with a fast shutter speed of 1/3200 of a second. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this male longhorned bee (Svastra) sipping a little nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). As the late Mr. Rogers (1928-2003), star of the TV show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," so often proclaimed:  "It's a beautiful day in the...

National Pollinator Week: Visit the UC Davis Bee Garden

A honey bee and bumble bee share a coneflower in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. This is a yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's celebrate National Pollinator Week. And what better time for the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology to host an open house than during National Pollinator Week? It's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at its bee...

Word of the Day: Nototribic

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus with a thick load of resin on her thorax. She had just visited a nototribic flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The black-tailed bumble bee wasn't flying very well. You wouldn't, either, if you were trying to fly with a backpack on your back. Except this wasn't a backpack but sticky pollen. The bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, was foraging in our Spanish...

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:25 PM
Focus Area Tags: Natural Resources

A Bumble Bee on Mustard in the Golden State

A pollen-laded yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, buzzes toward a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's better than a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) on yellow mustard? Not much. Both are signs of early spring. Mustard is popping up all over, along with oxalyis and wild radish. The earth is warming. Spring is here. Get ready. In the...

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:22 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Natural Resources

Here Come the Carpenter Bees!

A male mountain carpenter bee, Xyclocopa tabaniformis orpifex, nectaring on Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's spring and it's loud in the Spanish lavender patch. The girls--the honey bees--are buzzing furiously as they forage among the blossoms, but so are the boys, in this case the mountain carpenter bee, Xyclocopa tabaniformis orpifex. The girls are...

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 6:21 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

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