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The Saga of the Defensive Honey Bees

Honey bee guru Eric Mussen, now Extension apiculturist emeritus, opening a hive at UC Davis for a group tour. These are European honey bees, also called Western honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The saga of the defensive honey bees--or what journalists labeled "aggressive" honey bees--in Concord continues. Although Extension apicuturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, retired in 2014 after 38 years...

Africanized Bees: How Far North?

Collection of Africanized bee swarms can be an issue. These bees are European honey bees (not Africanized) that swarmed on the UC Davis North Hall/Dutton Hall complex in 2012. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Africanized honey bees arrived in southern California in 1994 and are expanding north. How far north are they now? That's the question being asked all over Central and Northern California, especially since "The Concord Incident" or what happened along...

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 4:28 PM

When Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Cherry Laurels)

A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's definitely a bee friendly plant, packed with nectar and pollen. The cherry laurel, Prunus caroliniana, a member of the rose family, draws honey bees as if there's no tomorrow. Native to the southeastern United States, it can double as a...

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Bees Buzzed at Cal Ag Day--So Did the People

California State Beekeepers' Association secretary-treasurer Carlin Jupe (left) and member Bill Cervenka get ready to greet the crowds at Cal Ag Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees buzzed at Cal Ag Day. So did the people. When legislators, agriculturists, and city folk celebrated California Ag Day on Wednesday, March 16 on the west lawn of the state capitol grounds, everything buzzed, including the bees inside an observation...

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:53 PM

When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride

A varroa mite attached to a honey bee forager. It's the reddish brown spot near the wing. The bee is foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those blood-sucking varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers. In powerful numbers and weakened colonies, they can overwhelm and collapse a hive. We remember seeing a varroa mite attached to a foraging honey bee one...

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

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