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Do You Know Me?

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sips nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The drone fly is an identity thief. It's often mistaken for a honey bee. Hey, isn't every floral visitor a bee? No, not by a long shot. One's a fly and one's a bee. That came to mind last weekend when we saw a large  number of honey bees (Apis...

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sips nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sips nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sips nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a drone fly. The fly is often mistaken for a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of a drone fly. The fly is often mistaken for a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a drone fly. The fly is often mistaken for a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Over and out--this drone fly says it's time to go. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Over and out--this drone fly says it's time to go. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Over and out--this drone fly says it's time to go. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee sipping nectar from a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee sipping nectar from a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee sipping nectar from a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Watching the Girls Go By

Honey bees making a

Pull up a chair and engage in a little "girl-watching." That is, honey bees heading home to their colony. Many beekeepers, especially beginning beekeepers, like to watch their worker bees--they call them "my girls"--come home. They're loaded with...

Honey bees making a
Honey bees making a "bee line" for their home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees making a "bee line" for their home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Tags: bee observation hive (6), drones (8), pollen (27), queen bee (10), worker bees (5)

White-Eyed Drone

This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers sometimes see a white-eyed drone in their hives--a genetic mutation.All drones (male) honey bees, have these spectacular wrap-around eyes that are perfect for finding a virgin queen on her maiden flight. After all, the drone's sole purpose is...

This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a normal drone (male) honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a normal drone (male) honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a normal drone (male) honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

A Taste of Honey

Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're looking for something to do tomorrow (Saturday, April 16), it's UC Davis Picnic Day, a campuswide annual event.Over at Briggs Hall, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology Department faculty will be offering...

Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:57 PM

All Hail the Drones!

Emerging Drone

Drones--male bees--are a favorite of youthful visitors at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis.Drones have no stingers, so they can't sting. In fact, their sole purpose in life is to mate with the virgin...

Emerging Drone
Emerging Drone

A DRONE, a male bee, emerges from a drone comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thank you
Thank you

ELIZABETH FROST, staff research associate and beekeeper at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, displays the clever thank-you card made by second graders at the Grace Valley Christian Academy, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful Bees
Colorful Bees

COLORFUL BEES, created by second graders at the Grace Valley Christian Academy, Davis, decorate the inside of the thank-you card, given to Elizabeth Frost (shown), staff research associate at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM

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