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Honey Bees Think It's Spring on the UC Davis Campus

A honey bee nectars on a rosemary blossom on Feb. 9 on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spring doesn't "spring" on the University of California, Davis campus. Sometimes it skitters, scampers and scoots. That's in between the cool and warm temperatures that deceive us--and the bees. Actually, spring won't punch the clock until March 20, but...

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Aphids--It's What's for Dinner!

A multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, chows down on an aphid while other aphids suck juices from the rosebud. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Well, yes, I would like some aphids for dinner," said every lady beetle (aka ladybug) everywhere. With the lush green growth of spring, come aphids (the prey) and lady beetles (the predators). And now, if you look closely, you'll see clusters or rows...

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Ah, Spring!

A honey bee foraging on ceanothus in the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a glorious day, the first day of spring, and what better time to mark the occasion by visiting the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive? Mother Earth, a mosaic ceramic sculpture by talented Donna Billick of Davis, co-founder and...

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Is It Spring Yet?

The freezing temperatures make us yearn for almond pollination season. This photo was taken Feb. 10, 2013 in the Matthew Turner Shipyard Park, Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These freezing temperatures we're experiencing make us yearn for spring. True, it's still autumn and winter doesn't officially start until Dec. 22, but it's a good time to think of honey bees pollinating the almond blossoms. California almonds usually...

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM
Tags: almond trees (1), benicia (1), honey bees (3), spring (5)

A Buffet for the Bees

Honey bee foraging in a flowering quince. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When the honey bee meets the flowering quince, the bee is "the belle of the ball." The winter ball. Suddenly the flowering quince (genus Chaenomele) transforms the bleak wintery landscape into a spring ballroom of sorts. The giddy bee is a joy to...

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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