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It Is Not a Good Time to Be a Butterfly

A female monarch that eclosed on Jan. 5 perches on a finger, next to a garden flag depicting a male monarch and a worker honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It is not a good time to be a butterfly. Especially if you're a monarch butterfly that eclosed on Jan. 5 in cold and rainy Vacaville, Calif. while all--or most--of your counterparts are overwintering along coastal California or in central Mexico. You...

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Sharing the Nectar--But Not All at the Same Time

A syrphid fly (bottom right) heads toward a Mexican sunflower occupied by a honey bee. The fly, aka hover fly and flower fly, wants some nectar, too.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everybody eats in the pollinator garden. Maybe not at the same time, but they all eat. We noticed a syrphid fly, aka flower fly/hover fly, heading toward a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in our pollinator garden. Alas for the fly, it was occupied....

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:36 PM
Tags: drone fly (4), Halloween (1), honey bee (181), insects (1), Mexican sunflower (3), nectar (1), syrphid fly (3), Tithonia (3)

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

A honey bee heads for a passionflower vine (Passiflora).  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extra, extra, read all about it! This "extra" has nothing to do with a special edition of a newspaper. This "extra" deals with something that may puzzle you. This "extra" refers to the passionflower vine (Passiflora), the host plant of the Gulf...

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM
Tags: ants (2), EFN (1), extra-floral nectaries (1), glands (1), honey bee (181), Passiflora (1), passionflower vine (1)

Pretty in Pink--And in Other Colors, Too!

A honey bee heads toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're pretty in pink. Well, not just pink. All other colors, too.  It's National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, Aug. 20. That's when we officially celebrate the honey bee, Apis mellifera, which the European colonists brought to the Jamestown colony...

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:13 PM

The Saga of the Milkweed, Bee and Caterpillar

A tattered honey bee seeking nectar from a milkweed blossom encounters a monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this tattered old worker bee seeking some nectar from the broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. She looks as if she's not only been around the block a few times but around the county several dozen times. Her wings look too ragged to support...

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 4:56 PM

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