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A Little Wind Beneath His Wings

Caught in flight: Flameskimmer dragonfly,Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was windy enough to trigger a small craft advisory. Yet here comes a flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) around noon on Monday, Memorial Day, circling our little bee garden. He chases a few flying insects around and then perches on a bamboo...

Caught in flight: Flameskimmer dragonfly,Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Caught in flight: Flameskimmer dragonfly,Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Caught in flight: Flameskimmer dragonfly,Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Small craft advisory! A gust of wind tousles the wings of Big Red, the flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Small craft advisory! A gust of wind tousles the wings of Big Red, the flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Small craft advisory! A gust of wind tousles the wings of Big Red, the flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A different view. Flameskimmer dragonfly on his bamboo perch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A different view. Flameskimmer dragonfly on his bamboo perch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A different view. Flameskimmer dragonfly on his bamboo perch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Our Girls Made the News!

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Did you see that amazing  time-lapse video of honey bee development by Anand Varma on the National Geographic website? Varma's time-lapse video of 2500 images vividly shows the development of eggs to pupae to adults. He captured the video at the...

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:26 PM

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)

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