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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....

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

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

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, foraging on a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, foraging on a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenski, foraging on a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, Apis mellifera, foraging on a Bacopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee, Apis mellifera, foraging on a Bacopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, Apis mellifera, foraging on a Bacopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two sunflower bees battle it out: a male Svastra (larger bee delivers quick kick to a smaller male Melissodes. The flower is a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two sunflower bees battle it out: a male Svastra (larger bee delivers quick kick to a smaller male Melissodes. The flower is a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two sunflower bees battle it out: a male Svastra (larger bee delivers quick kick to a smaller male Melissodes. The flower is a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis eating a bee, predator vs. prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis eating a bee, predator vs. prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis eating a bee, predator vs. prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies, family Milichiidae, and probably genus Desmometopa, dining on a honey bee, a spider's prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Freeloader flies, family Milichiidae, and probably genus Desmometopa, dining on a honey bee, a spider's prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies, family Milichiidae, and probably genus Desmometopa, dining on a honey bee, a spider's prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

Pity the Poor Honey Bees

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pity the poor honey bees.  They have to contend with pesticides, parasites, pests, diseases,  malnutrition, stress and that mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder in which adult bees abandon the hive, leaving behind the...

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
Tags: Desmometopa (1), freeloader flies (2), honey bee (165), Milichiidae (2), spider (5), web (2)

Stop and Smell the Roses...

A jumping spider peers out between the petals of a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stop and smell the roses. Yes, we should all do that. We should take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the beauty of nature, the beauty of roses, the beauty of a single yellow rose.  But sometimes there's a bonus in those roses,...

A jumping spider peers out between the petals of a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A jumping spider peers out between the petals of a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A jumping spider peers out between the petals of a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee forages on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee forages on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee forages on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 4:43 PM

That Wet Stuff!

Honey bee caught in the storm attempts to dry off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The rain that pounded Northern California on Oct. 18--complete with thunder and lightening--also drenched a few honey bees that waited out the storm. Have you ever seen a thoroughly drenched bee? This one got caught in the storm and relocated from an...

Honey bee caught in the storm attempts to dry off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee caught in the storm attempts to dry off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee caught in the storm attempts to dry off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on top of its world--a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee on top of its world--a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on top of its world--a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM
Tags: El Niño (1), Elina Lastro Niño (1), honey bee (165)

How are you helping bees on Aug. 22, National Honey Bee Day?

Figure 1. Honey bee on tidytips. [K.K. Garvey]

August 22nd is National Honey Bee Day so we thought we'd repost one of our previous articles that discussed ways gardeners can help protect honey bees. Author: Dr. Eric Mussen, UC Cooperative Extension Apiculturist Most people have heard about the...

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 3:28 PM
Tags: honey bee (165), Mussen (1), pesticides (2), pollinators (2), protect (1), UC IPM (1)

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