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Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Did you see that amazing  time-lapse video of honey bee development by Anand Varma on the National Geographic website? Varma's time-lapse video of 2500 images vividly shows the development of eggs to pupae to adults. He captured the video at the...

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:26 PM

The Buzzingham Palace

This bee observation hive, named

"All the buzz" in England is the birth of a new member of the royal family, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Born last Saturday in London, she will be known as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, officials at...

This bee observation hive, named
This bee observation hive, named "The Buzzingham Palace," will be on display Thursday through Sunday, May 7-10 at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee observation hive, named "The Buzzingham Palace," will be on display Thursday through Sunday, May 7-10 at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate Billy Synk of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, opening the Buzzingham Palace. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Staff research associate Billy Synk of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, opening the Buzzingham Palace. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate Billy Synk of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, opening the Buzzingham Palace. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate Billy Synk of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, checking the frames. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Staff research associate Billy Synk of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, checking the frames. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate Billy Synk of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, checking the frames. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Sold on the Salvia

A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, forages on grape-scented sage, Salvia melissodora. Note the

Ever watched Valley carpenter bees (Xylocopa varipuncta) foraging on salvia? Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, recently noticed a flurry of carpenter bees in the...

A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, forages on grape-scented sage, Salvia melissodora. Note the
A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, forages on grape-scented sage, Salvia melissodora. Note the "pollen cap." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, forages on grape-scented sage, Salvia melissodora. Note the "pollen cap." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the
Check out the "pollen cap" on this female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, foraging on grape-scented sage, Salvia melissodora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the "pollen cap" on this female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, foraging on grape-scented sage, Salvia melissodora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:18 PM

Carpenter Bees Like Almond Blossoms, Too

A female Valley carpenter bee buzzes in the almond blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We're accustomed to seeing honey bees pollinating the almonds. But carpenter bees do, too. We spotted a female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, foraging in an almond tree on Feb. 24 in a field adjacent to  the Harry H. Laidlaw...

A female Valley carpenter bee buzzes in the almond blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female Valley carpenter bee buzzes in the almond blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Valley carpenter bee buzzes in the almond blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Full speed ahead: carpenter bee sights an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Full speed ahead: carpenter bee sights an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Full speed ahead: carpenter bee sights an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female Valley carpenter bee meets almonds blossom. She's shaking her  thoracic muscles to loosen the pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female Valley carpenter bee meets almonds blossom. She's shaking her thoracic muscles to loosen the pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female Valley carpenter bee meets almonds blossom. She's shaking her thoracic muscles to loosen the pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Can a Bee Unscrew the Sting?

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen getting stung on the wrist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When a honey bee stings you, she makes the supreme sacrifice and dies.  She's usually defending her colony. In the process, she leaves behind part of her abdomen. A beekeeper simply scrapes the sting with a fingernail or a hive tool to stop the...

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen getting stung on the wrist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen getting stung on the wrist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen getting stung on the wrist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:04 PM

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