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Bears Raiding Bee Colonies: They're Seeking the Brood

This is what bear damage to a hive looks like.  This photo was provided by Jackie Park-Burris of Palo Cedro, who owns Jackie Park-Burris Queens. (Photo courtesy of Jackie-Park Burris)

Yes, bears raid honey bee colonies. But it's primarily for the bee brood, not the honey. The brood provides the protein, and the honey, the  carbohydrates. For beekeepers and commercial queen bee breeders, this can wreak havoc. Financial...

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Dear Santa: Let Me Bee All I Can Bee

The UC Davis bee courses will be hands-on. At left is Extension apiculturist Elina Niño. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're looking for a holiday gift for your favorite beekeeper or a wanna-be beekeeper (hey, that person could be you!), here's something you may want to consider. Bee scientists at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey  Bee Research Facility at the...

Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:23 PM

What to Do When a Bee Truck Overturns

A truck loaded with bee hives. Image taken through a car window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When a bee truck overturns, all sorts of things can happen. None of them is good--unless both the people and the bees fare well. Bystanders panic. Bees can and do react to all the commotion by stinging the first responders and the bystanders. It's...

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Wearing of the Green--and the Yellow

Bee hives nestled in a field of green and yellow (mustard) along Highway 12, Napa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

St. Patrick's Day is the "wearing of the green," but it's also the "wearing of the yellow." Wild mustard, that is.  If you drive through the hills of Napa, around St. Patrick's Day, or from January through March, you'll see bee hives nestled in...

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Tags: bee hives (5), mustard (1), Napa (1)

Lavishing the Lavender

The Bee Man

If you built it (a field of dreams), they will come. And if you bring flowers, that's all the bettter. Melissa "Missy" Borel, program manager of the California Center for Urban Horticulture, UC Davis, and a strong proponent of bee...

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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