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Loving the Lupine

A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a given: Honey bees love lupine. We watched them buzzing around a flower patch of blue (lupine) and gold (California poppies) today along Hopkins Road, University of California, Davis, west of the central campus. Those are Aggie colors: blue and...

A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with a huge pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee with a huge pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with a huge pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saddlebags? No, a heavy load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Saddlebags? No, a heavy load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saddlebags? No, a heavy load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:54 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 (1), drones (1), pollen (21), queen bee (1), worker bees (1)

Why Honey Bees Forage in California Poppies

Two honey bees foraging on a California poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you see honey bees foraging on the California poppy, the state flower, they're not there for the nectar. They're there for the pollen. "California poppies provide only pollen--no nectar," native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus...

Two honey bees foraging on a California poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two honey bees foraging on a California poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two honey bees foraging on a California poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with a pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee with a pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with a pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

About that Pollen...

Honey bee packing pollen on an almond tree at UC Davis--on the grounds of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility-- several years ago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Why is that in a honey bee colony, workers can carry pollen but not the queen? Well, scientists from Michigan State University and Wayne State University have discovered the answer. They've isolated the gene that's responsible for leg and wing...

Honey bee packing pollen on an almond tree at UC Davis--on the grounds of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility-- several years ago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee packing pollen on an almond tree at UC Davis--on the grounds of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility-- several years ago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee packing pollen on an almond tree at UC Davis--on the grounds of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility--several years ago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Now that's a load of pollen! Honey bee inside a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Now that's a load of pollen! Honey bee inside a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Now that's a load of pollen! Honey bee inside a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Pollen: Precious Gold

Honey bee is covered with pollen from a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) has nothing on honey bees. Sometimes foraging honey bees are covered with their own kind of gold--pollen--or protein for their colonies. We saw this honey bee dusted with gold from head to thorax to abdomen as she...

Honey bee is covered with pollen from a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee is covered with pollen from a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee is covered with pollen from a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee is dusted with pollen from the blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee is dusted with pollen from the blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee is dusted with pollen from the blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lift off? The bee struggles to take off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lift off? The bee struggles to take off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lift off? The bee struggles to take off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

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