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Helicoptering in on the Spanish Lavender

A honey bee nectaring on Spanish lavender. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a 200mm macro lens. Settings: ISO 3200, f-stop 13, and shutter speed of 1/640 of a second. No flash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you like writing with light (photography), then you'll probably love capturing images of honey bees spinning like helicopters. In the late afternoon, when the light softens, head over to your favorite Spanish lavender patch. Pull up a chair, listen...

Educating the Public About the Bees: Beekeepers Meet the Public at Cal Ag Day

Staffing the CSBA booth and answering questions about bees are (from left) Bernardo Niño of the E. L. Niño Lab, Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology; Eric Mussen, California Extension apiculturist emeritus, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology; and Carlen Jupe, CSBA treasurer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"How are the bees doing this year?" That was the most commonly asked question at the California State Beekeepers' Association (CSBA) booth during the California Agriculture Day on Wednesday, March 22 on the west lawn of the State Capitol. The annual...

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Five Reasons Why All This Rain Is Bad for Almond Pollination Season

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a  pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not a good time to be a California almond grower or a beekeeper. And it's definitely not a good time to be a honey bee. The wind-whipped storms that are ravaging California are wreaking havoc on the state's almond pollination season, says honey...

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

A Bugworthy Kind of Christmas

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It's a bugworthy kind of Christmas. Remember the iconic song, "The 12 Days of Christmas,"  which begins with "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a  pear tree?" Eleven more gifts follow: 2 turtle doves, 3...

It's All the Buzz: WAS to Meet in Davis in 2017

This sign, fronting the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis, is the work of self-described

It's all the buzz. It's just been announced that the Western Apicultural Society (WAS), founded 40 years ago at UC Davis, will be meeting ...drum roll...Sept. 5-8,  2017 in Davis, Calif. That's the kind of advance notice we like. Fortieth...

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