Thar’s gold in them thar hills.
And also bumble bees.
If you visit the Sonoma County coastal town of Bodega Bay, and drive up to Bodega Head overlooking the ocean, you’ll see a carpet of gold flowers known as coastal goldfields or Lasthenia...
Windswept Bumble Bee
BUMBLE BEE (Bombus bifarious) nectaring coastal goldfields at Bodega Bay. This species is the second most common bumble bee species at Bodega Bay. This is a worker or female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male Bumble Bee
MALE BUMBLE BEE, a Bombus bifarius, nectaring coastal goldfields at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Eyes Have It
THIS BUMBLE BEE, a worker or female bee, is a Bombus vosnesenskii, the most common bumble bee at Bodega Bay. She is nectaring coastal goldfields (Lasthenia minor), a native wildflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Smithsonian Institution is the place to "bee" on Monday, June 22.
UC Davis pollinator specialist and researcher Robbin Thorp will join other bumble bee experts from across the country in a "Plight of the Bumble Bees" public...
Pollen-Packing Bumble Bee
POLLEN-PACKING bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii), the most common California bumble bee, buzzes a flower in the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Arboretum. This photo was taken July 13, 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
THIS YELLOW-FACED BUMBLE BEE (Bombus vosnesenskii) nectars a flower in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
SWEET NECTAR--A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) gathers nectar in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)