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Posts Tagged: Eric Mussen

Thinking of Becoming a Commercial Beekeeper?

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

So you're thinking of become a commercial beekeeper and renting your colonies to almond growers.  California currently grows some 900,000 acres of almonds, and each acre requires two colonies for pollination. A friend gave you some old bee...

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

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

Smoking a hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Smoking a hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Smoking a hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM

What Bees, Butterflies, Beetles, Birds and Bats Have in Common

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, visiting a flowering quince in the UC Davis Arboretum. Butterflies are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees do it. Butterflies do it. Beetles do it. Birds do it. Bats do it. Do what, you ask? They pollinate! The Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, will greet visitors on Saturday, March 14 at its open house, themed...

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, visiting a flowering quince in the UC Davis Arboretum. Butterflies are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, visiting a flowering quince in the UC Davis Arboretum. Butterflies are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, visiting a flowering quince in the UC Davis Arboretum. Butterflies are pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle pollinating an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle pollinating an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle pollinating an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:21 PM

The UC Apiary Newsletter Is Smokin'

A beekeeper smoking a hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're looking for the newsletter, from the UC apiaries, it has a new home. The new UC California Cooperative Extension apiculturist, Elina Lastro Niño, has moved it to her website now that Eric Mussen has retired. Mussen, now Extension...

From left are members of the Niño lab: Elina Lastro Niño, Cameron Jasper, Billy Synk and Bernardo Niño. (Photo by Anand Varma)
From left are members of the Niño lab: Elina Lastro Niño, Cameron Jasper, Billy Synk and Bernardo Niño. (Photo by Anand Varma)

From left are members of the Niño lab: Elina Lastro Niño, Cameron Jasper, Billy Synk and Bernardo Niño. (Photo by Anand Varma)

Honey, I Hardly Know Ya

Honey bee sipping honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ever been to a Farmer's Market and picked up a jar of honey advertised as "organic?" Is it organic? And if you're a beekeeper, has a consumer ever asked you if your honey is organic? How do you know? An inquiring mind--a beekeeper--asked Extension...

Honey bee sipping honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee sipping honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee sipping honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM
Tags: Beekeepers Feast (1), Eric Mussen (192), honey (7), organic honey (1)

Feel the Buzz!

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The word is "bees"  and "almonds" are their world. Right this very minute there are about 1.7 million colonies of bees pollinating California almonds. Since it takes two colonies to pollinate one acre, and California doesn't have that many...

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 5:22 PM

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