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Yes, I'll Have Some Mustard, Please!

A pollen-laden honey bee heads for more pollen and nectar on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, I'll have some mustard, please. Yes, both the pollen and the nectar, thank you. We watched a honey bee buzz into our little mustard patch,  her proboscis (tongue) extended, and pollen weighting her down. If she were at the airport, someone...

A pollen-laden honey bee heads for more pollen and nectar on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-laden honey bee heads for more pollen and nectar on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-laden honey bee heads for more pollen and nectar on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee is a sight to see amid the mustard blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-packing honey bee is a sight to see amid the mustard blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee is a sight to see amid the mustard blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen or nectar? Both please, says the honey bee as she forages on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen or nectar? Both please, says the honey bee as she forages on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen or nectar? Both please, says the honey bee as she forages on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can't Cut the Mustard? Not Honey Bees!

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The phrase "can't cut the mustard" (not able to handle the job) doesn't apply to honey bees. It's spring and honey bees are emerging en force from their hives to collect nectar and pollen to feed their colonies. The fields are awash with mustard. By...

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:19 PM

Why Those Multi-Tasking Honey Bees Have Nothing on Amina Harris

A honey bee in flight, as she adjusts her pollen load and cleans her tongue or proboscis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you can't chew gum and walk at the same time, think about the multi-tasking honey bee. Have you ever seen a worker bee engaging in three tasks simultaneously: flying, adjusting her pollen load, and cleaning her tongue? We recently spotted a honey...

A honey bee in flight, as she adjusts her pollen load and cleans her tongue or proboscis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee in flight, as she adjusts her pollen load and cleans her tongue or proboscis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee in flight, as she adjusts her pollen load and cleans her tongue or proboscis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bee heads straight for the mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bee heads straight for the mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bee heads straight for the mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the Loop--on the Mustard

The alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, nectaring on mustard blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ever seen this mottled brownish/blackish/grayish moth around lately? The alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica? We spotted this moth, as identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, and Bohart Museum of...

The alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, nectaring on mustard blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, nectaring on mustard blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, nectaring on mustard blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spreading its wings, the alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, is oblivious to the photographer.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spreading its wings, the alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, is oblivious to the photographer.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spreading its wings, the alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica, is oblivious to the photographer.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of the alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of the alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of the alfalfa looper moth, Autographa californica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 4:12 PM

The Bee and The Ladybug

A honey bee and a lady beetle, aka lady bug, thrust deep inside a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little drama in the mustard patch... A honey bee is foraging head-first in the mustard. She's collecting nectar and pollen. She does not see the lady beetle, aka ladybug,  thrust head-first above her. The honey bee is dusted with yellow pollen....

A honey bee and a lady beetle, aka lady bug, thrust deep inside a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee and a lady beetle, aka lady bug, thrust deep inside a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee and a lady beetle, aka lady bug, thrust deep inside a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Okay, ladybug, get ready, here I come. We'll share, okay? Pollen and nectar for me. Aphids for you." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Okay, ladybug, get ready, here I come. We'll share, okay? Pollen and nectar for me. Aphids for you." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Okay, ladybug, I'm coming closer." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Okay, ladybug, I'm coming closer." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Okay, ladybug, I'm leaving. Enjoy the aphids." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Okay, ladybug, I'm leaving. Enjoy the aphids." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Tags: honey bee (195), lady beetle (16), ladybug (20), mustard (12)

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