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This 'B' Gets an 'A' for Good Grooming

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This "B" gets an "A" for good grooming. We recently watched a honey bee land on the edge of a planter. "Hmm," we thought. "Why is she landing there? She should be foraging on the flowers in the pollinator garden." We soon found out. After positioning...

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Tags: Apis mellifera (10), grooming (1), Honey bee (169), proboscis (1), tongue (2)

Jupiter's Beard Makes the Cut

A honey bee foraging on Jupiter's Beard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Clean-shaven it's not. Yet it's a cut above. For bees, syrphids and butterflies, the long-blooming Jupiter's Beard make the cut. Centranthus ruber, also known as Jupiter's Beard, Red Valerian, Kiss-Me-Quick, and Keys to Heaven, is a popular...

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

A Bee Is a Bee Is a Bee,,,

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, heading toward a Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If poet Gertrude Stein were alive today, she might say "A bee is a bee is a bee" instead of "a rose is a rose is a rose." Or, she might say "A fly is a fly is a fly." Oh, my. That's because major corporations, news media and...

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:35 PM

When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride

A varroa mite attached to a honey bee forager. It's the reddish brown spot near the wing. The bee is foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those blood-sucking varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers. In powerful numbers and weakened colonies, they can overwhelm and collapse a hive. We remember seeing a varroa mite attached to a foraging honey bee one...

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

May the Buzz Be With You

A female ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Did you feel the buzz in 2015? The honey bees, bumble bees, sunflower bees, sweat bees...what a year it was! It's time to walk down memory lane--or stray from the garden path--and post a few bee images from 2015. It wasn't all flowers and sunshine....

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

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