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A Golden Moment

Honey bee on nectarine blossom on Presidents' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a golden moment.The honey bees that collected pollen from our nectarine trees today looked as if they were lugging gold nuggets left over from the California Gold Rush. Struggling with the heavy pollen loads, some of the bees crashed to the...

Honey bee on nectarine blossom on Presidents' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee on nectarine blossom on Presidents' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on nectarine blossom on Presidents' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With a head dusted in pollen, a honey bee works the blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
With a head dusted in pollen, a honey bee works the blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With a head dusted in pollen, a honey bee works the blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-packing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM
Tags: honey bees (4), nectarines (5)

Pollen Power

Pollen Power

Cool temperatures and honey bees do not a good team make. Since honey bees don't forage until temperatures hit 50 to 55 degrees, we haven't seen many bees gathering pollen from our nectarine trees. If you love nectarines, there's a lot to love....

Pollen Power
Pollen Power

HONEY BEE forages in a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen Everywhere
Pollen Everywhere

POLLEN-PACKIN' honey bee is headfirst inside a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen Load
Pollen Load

THIS POLLEN LOAD is comparable to a beach ball next to a human. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Nectarines Bursting Into Bloom

Nectarine Blossoms

It's Presidents' Day and far too early for nectarines to burst into bloom.The unseasonable weather, however, fooled 'em.Didn't fool the honey bees. Despite the relatively low temperatures--50 degrees--they buzzed into our yard to greet the blossoms and...

Nectarine Blossoms
Nectarine Blossoms

A HONEY BEE heads for the only blossom on the nectarine branch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Caught in Flight
Caught in Flight

POLLEN-PACKING honey bee heads toward a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lots of Pollen
Lots of Pollen

THIS POLLEN LOAD almost looks like beach-ball size on this honey bee. Note the pollen on her head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 5:15 PM
Tags: honey bees (4), nectarines (5)

Tracking the Picture-Winged Fly

Picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees, bumble bees, hover flies, parasitoids and common houseflies aren't the only visitors paying their respects to our two nectarine trees. A picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) dropped in on Feb. 28 for a quick visit. About the size of a...

Picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Upside down, a picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) on a nectarine tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Upside down, a picture-winged fly (Ceroxys latiusculus) on a nectarine tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready for take-off, a picture-winged fly steadies its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready for take-off, a picture-winged fly steadies its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 6:07 PM

In the Pink

Bee in Nectarine Blossoms

It's a peach of a tree, but it isn't a peach. It's a nectarine, a close variety of the peach--the result of a genetic mutation.In between the rain storms, honey bees are nectaring the nectarines and packing pollen, getting ready for the spring hive...

Bee in Nectarine Blossoms
Bee in Nectarine Blossoms

HONEY BEE nectaring nectarine blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-Packing Honey Bee
Pollen-Packing Honey Bee

POLLEN-PACKING honey bee in a nectarine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:48 PM
Tags: honey bees (4), nectarines (5)
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