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Thank a Farmer, Thank a Beekeeper

Two honey bees want the same pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You may have missed it, but today (Thursday, Oct. 12) is National Farmers' Day. The day originated back in the 1800s as a way to recognize and thank farmers for all the work they do to feed our nation--and the world. It's also time to thank a...

Two honey bees want the same pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two honey bees want the same pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two honey bees want the same pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A new beekeeper examines a frame during a UC Davis honey bee course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and her staff teach classes for the public. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A new beekeeper examines a frame during a UC Davis honey bee course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and her staff teach classes for the public. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A new beekeeper examines a frame during a UC Davis honey bee course at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and her staff teach classes for the public. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Five Reasons Why All This Rain Is Bad for Almond Pollination Season

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a  pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not a good time to be a California almond grower or a beekeeper. And it's definitely not a good time to be a honey bee. The wind-whipped storms that are ravaging California are wreaking havoc on the state's almond pollination season, says honey...

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a  pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Adjusting her load of pollen, a honey bee buzzes toward another almond blossom on Feb. 12 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Adjusting her load of pollen, a honey bee buzzes toward another almond blossom on Feb. 12 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Adjusting her load of pollen, a honey bee buzzes toward another almond blossom on Feb. 12 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee with
A honey bee with "saddlebags" of pollen foraging in an almond tree on Feb. 12 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee with "saddlebags" of pollen foraging in an almond tree on Feb. 12 in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pretty in Pink--And in Other Colors, Too!

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're pretty in pink. Well, not just pink. All other colors, too.  It's National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, Aug. 20. That's when we officially celebrate the honey bee, Apis mellifera, which the European colonists brought to the Jamestown colony...

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee took a liking to a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee took a liking to a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee took a liking to a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Did You Hear the Buzz?

Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you attended the 141st annual Dixon May Fair, held May 5-8, and saw the honey bee display in Madden Hall, you probably heard the buzz. In keeping with the theme, "Buzzing with Excitement," bees buzzed in the bee observation hives as fairgoers singled...

Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon May Fair's Cammie Garton stands by an observation hive in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dixon May Fair's Cammie Garton stands by an observation hive in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon May Fair's Cammie Garton stands by an observation hive in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These decorated bee boxes are the work of youths in Garry Haddon's beekeeping project, Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These decorated bee boxes are the work of youths in Garry Haddon's beekeeping project, Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These decorated bee boxes are the work of youths in Garry Haddon's beekeeping project, Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One display featured this interactive exhibit from UC Davis:
One display featured this interactive exhibit from UC Davis: "Guess if I'm a pollinator or not?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One display featured this interactive exhibit from UC Davis: "Guess if I'm a pollinator or not?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Protective equipment--bee suits, gloves and smokers--lined a fence in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Protective equipment--bee suits, gloves and smokers--lined a fence in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Protective equipment--bee suits, gloves and smokers--lined a fence in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:11 PM

It's All the Buzz: 4-H'ers Learning How to Keep Bees

Nathaniel Haddon, 9, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville, discusses bees at the Solano County 4-H Presentation Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nathaniel Haddon of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville, is only nine years old, but he already knows more about honey bees than many adults do. He readily names the three castes: queen bee, worker bee and drone. He explains that the workers are all...

Nathaniel Haddon, 9, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville, discusses bees at the Solano County 4-H Presentation Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Nathaniel Haddon, 9, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville, discusses bees at the Solano County 4-H Presentation Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nathaniel Haddon, 9, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville, discusses bees at the Solano County 4-H Presentation Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Nathaniel Haddon fielding questions about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Nathaniel Haddon fielding questions about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Nathaniel Haddon fielding questions about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Solano County 4-H Presentation Day evaluators Brenda Torres (left) and Cara Kent listen attentively. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Solano County 4-H Presentation Day evaluators Brenda Torres (left) and Cara Kent listen attentively. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Solano County 4-H Presentation Day evaluators Brenda Torres (left) and Cara Kent listen attentively. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 4:49 PM

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