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Robbing the Nectar

A honey bee looking for a hole drilled by a carpenter bee in the corolla of a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's the easy way to do it. A carpenter bee heads for a foxglove blossom and drills a hole in the corolla to sip the nectar. This is "nectar robbing"--bypassing the pollination process and heading straight for the reward, the nectar. Honey bees are...

A honey bee looking for a hole drilled by a carpenter bee in the corolla of a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee looking for a hole drilled by a carpenter bee in the corolla of a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee looking for a hole drilled by a carpenter bee in the corolla of a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Still searching--the honey bee is getting closer to finding the hole pierced by a carpenter bee.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Still searching--the honey bee is getting closer to finding the hole pierced by a carpenter bee.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Still searching--the honey bee is getting closer to finding the hole pierced by a carpenter bee.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Found it! Ah, sweet nectar! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Found it! Ah, sweet nectar! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Found it! Ah, sweet nectar! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:01 AM

Loving the Lupine

A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a given: Honey bees love lupine. We watched them buzzing around a flower patch of blue (lupine) and gold (California poppies) today along Hopkins Road, University of California, Davis, west of the central campus. Those are Aggie colors: blue and...

A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with a huge pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee with a huge pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with a huge pollen load. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saddlebags? No, a heavy load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Saddlebags? No, a heavy load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saddlebags? No, a heavy load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:54 PM

How Are These Two Alike?

A honey bee gathering nectar from a bush germander at CornerStone Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What does a bee have in common with a bulldog? If you've ever been to Cornerstone Sonoma on Arnold Drive (Highway 121) in Sonoma, and admired the luxurious gardens and intriguing shops, you know. The bees go head-first in the blossoms and Axel, an...

A honey bee gathering nectar from a bush germander at CornerStone Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee gathering nectar from a bush germander at CornerStone Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee gathering nectar from a bush germander at CornerStone Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's only one thing on Axel's bucket list: a bucket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
There's only one thing on Axel's bucket list: a bucket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's only one thing on Axel's bucket list: a bucket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Axel, his tongue out, prepares to grip his bucket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Axel, his tongue out, prepares to grip his bucket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Axel, his tongue out, prepares to grip his bucket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5:59 PM
Tags: Axel (1), bulldog (1), Cornerstone Sonoma (1), germander (1), honey bee (155)

Cutting the Mustard

A honey bee with a huge pollen load heads for more mustard pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Spring is the busiest time of year for honey bees,  and their keepers, whether the operation is in the desert uplands of southern Arizona, the citrus groves of Florida, or the apple orchards of Washington state," writes entomologist/bee expert...

A honey bee with a huge pollen load heads for more mustard pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee with a huge pollen load heads for more mustard pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee with a huge pollen load heads for more mustard pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Give Her Some Space

A honey bee queen on a finger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you see a news story about "honey bees" in a newspaper or magazine, odds are you'll see it spelled as one word,  "honeybees."    That's because the Associated Press Stylebook, the journalists' "bible," spells it that way. So do...

A honey bee queen on a finger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee queen on a finger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee queen on a finger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:26 PM

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