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The Calamity of CCD

Busy Bees

Colony collapse disorder (CCD), the mysterious phenomonen characterized by honey bees abandoning their hives, is still with is, and the cause is still mysterious. Over the past three years beekeepers throughout the United States have reported losing...

Busy Bees
Busy Bees

WORKER BEES keep the hive humming. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Abandoned Hive
Abandoned Hive

A SINGLE ANTENNA pokes through a cell from an abandoned hive. Colony collapse disorder is characterized by the mysterious phenomenon of bees leaving the hive, never to return. They leave behind the queen and immature brood (eggs, larvae and pupae) and stored food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 5:54 PM

To Catch a Carpenter Bee

Caught in Flight

To catch a carpenter bee... The carpenter bees (Xylocopa tabaniformis) that nectar the sage, lavender, catmint and coral bells in our bee friendly garden move fast. How fast? As fast as a buzz. They buzz into a blur and then back into a buzz. Oh, but...

Caught in Flight
Caught in Flight

CAUGHT IN FLIGHT, a male carpenter bee heads for the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Head in the Blossom
Head in the Blossom

HEAD IN THE BLOSSOM, eyes alert, a carpenter bee nectars the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Victory in the Garden

Carpenter Bee and Honey Bee

If you like squash, you have a bee to thank. Without bees, no pollination. Without pollination, no squash. Honey bees in California pollinate some 100 agricultural crops, including fruits, nuts and vegetables. One of them is squash. When a squash...

Carpenter Bee and Honey Bee
Carpenter Bee and Honey Bee

A CARPENTER BEE and a honey bee head for the same squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Covered in Pollen
Covered in Pollen

COVERED IN POLLEN, a honey bee emerges from the squash blossom, victorious. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 6:09 PM
Tags: carpenter bee (26), honey bee (200), squash (2), victory garden (1)

The Face of Darwin

The Face of Darwin

Look closely at Charles Darwin's ceramic face. You'll see selections from his secret notebooks and images of organisms that most influenced his scientific studies. His beard is peppered with moths. You'll also find barnacles, iguanas, finches, orchids...

The Face of Darwin
The Face of Darwin

'THE FACE OF DARWIN,' a ceramic mosaic created in a freshman seminar at UC Davis in commemoration of Darwin's 200th birthday anniversary, shows the organisms he studied and the secret notes he harbored. (Photo courtesy of Diane Ullman)

Faces Behind the Face
Faces Behind the Face

UC DAVIS STUDENTS (from left) Angela Kaczmarczyk, Danielle Chavez and Ricardo Calles with "The Face of Darwin." They were among the students working on the project. (Photo courtesy of Diane Ullman)

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

All Things Lavender

Honey Bee on Lavender

A field of dreams, for a honey bee, almost certainly would be a field of lavender. Call it what you want, but if a bee could talk, it would probably be "lovely lavender." When UC Cooperative Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, member of...

Honey Bee on Lavender
Honey Bee on Lavender

HONEY BEE nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Delicate wings
Delicate wings

DELICATE WINGS of a honey bee look like a bridal veil as as she nectars on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 5:37 PM

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