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Watching the Girls Go By

Honey bees making a

Pull up a chair and engage in a little "girl-watching." That is, honey bees heading home to their colony. Many beekeepers, especially beginning beekeepers, like to watch their worker bees--they call them "my girls"--come home. They're loaded with...

Honey bees making a
Honey bees making a "bee line" for their home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees making a "bee line" for their home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:47 PM

White-Eyed Drone

This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers sometimes see a white-eyed drone in their hives--a genetic mutation.All drones (male) honey bees, have these spectacular wrap-around eyes that are perfect for finding a virgin queen on her maiden flight. After all, the drone's sole purpose is...

This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a white-eyed Caucasian (dark) honey bee drone. White-eyed drones are blind. In the foreground is honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a normal drone (male) honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a normal drone (male) honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a normal drone (male) honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

A Taste of Honey

Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're looking for something to do tomorrow (Saturday, April 16), it's UC Davis Picnic Day, a campuswide annual event.Over at Briggs Hall, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology Department faculty will be offering...

Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone sipping honey at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:57 PM

All Hail the Drones!

Emerging Drone

Drones--male bees--are a favorite of youthful visitors at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis.Drones have no stingers, so they can't sting. In fact, their sole purpose in life is to mate with the virgin...

Emerging Drone
Emerging Drone

A DRONE, a male bee, emerges from a drone comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thank you
Thank you

ELIZABETH FROST, staff research associate and beekeeper at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, displays the clever thank-you card made by second graders at the Grace Valley Christian Academy, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful Bees
Colorful Bees

COLORFUL BEES, created by second graders at the Grace Valley Christian Academy, Davis, decorate the inside of the thank-you card, given to Elizabeth Frost (shown), staff research associate at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM

What's Wrong With This Photo?

Bliss?

Take a close look. What's wrong with the first photo posted below this blog? If you're a beekeeper or someone who's been around bees, you'll know immediately. If not, you may look at the photo and say "Hmm, a honey bee. Yep, it's a honey bee, all...

Bliss?
Bliss?

WHAT'S WRONG with this photo? For the answer, read the text above. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Worker Bee
Worker Bee

WORKER BEE collecting nectar from a nectarine blossom. All worker bees are females. They forage for pollen, nectar, propolis and water. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:36 PM

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