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This 'B' Gets an 'A' for Good Grooming

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This "B" gets an "A" for good grooming. We recently watched a honey bee land on the edge of a planter. "Hmm," we thought. "Why is she landing there? She should be foraging on the flowers in the pollinator garden." We soon found out. After positioning...

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Tags: Apis mellifera (13), grooming (1), Honey bee (167), proboscis (2), tongue (2)

Stop and Smell the Roses at UC Davis Rose Weekend

A yellow rose,

Back in 2013 we purchased a stunning yellow rose, "Sparkle and Shine," at the UC Davis Rose Weekend. Well, it was a natural thing to do--a honey bee was on it! Honey bees aren't all that attracted to commercial roses, but this one was. Honey bees are...

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work!

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, is the center of attention. The bee, also known as

It's about connecting. It's about learning where parents work and what they do. It's about fun. That's what will happen on Thursday, April 28 during the annual "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work" day at the University of California, Davis. The UC...

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Ralph Washington, Jr.: Inspiring and Helping Youngsters Learn Science

Ralph Washington Jr., will be one of the nine TEDxUCDavis speakers on May 1.

"All human beings are born curious, but the wrong conditions can jeopardize that curiosity," says second-year Ph.D. student Ralph Washington, Jr. of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. "Many children in poverty grow up feeling a lack of...

Not Too Late for a Date with the Bee Experts

A honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by  Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you haven't registered yet for the second annual UC Davis Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy, a daylong event focusing on bee health and best management practices, there's still time. The event, open to the public, is set from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m....

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