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Keep Your 'Girls' Out of California Buckeye

A bee forages on California buckeye in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers don't like their "girls" foraging in California buckeye (Aesculus californica) It's poisonous to bees. "The signs of poisoning can be as severe as dying adult bees and brood, only dying brood, brood that barely makes it and emerges...

A bee forages on California buckeye in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bee forages on California buckeye in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee forages on California buckeye in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California buckeye is poisonous to bees and can result in dying brood, or misshapen brood. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
California buckeye is poisonous to bees and can result in dying brood, or misshapen brood. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California buckeye is poisonous to bees and can result in dying brood, or misshapen brood. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A California buckeye blooming on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A California buckeye blooming on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A California buckeye blooming on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Boys' Night Out--with a Girl!

A honey bee gathers nectar from a lavender blossom while her cousins, sunflower bees (Melisodes agilis), sleep.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two species of male sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua and Melissodes agilis, spend the day on our Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia) chasing the girls and protecting their turf. Sometimes I wonder why they don't tire out sooner than they do. The Energizer...

A honey bee gathers nectar from a lavender blossom while her cousins, sunflower bees (Melisodes agilis), sleep.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee gathers nectar from a lavender blossom while her cousins, sunflower bees (Melisodes agilis), sleep. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee gathers nectar from a lavender blossom while her cousins, sunflower bees (Melisodes agilis), sleep. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

Our Bees Deserve The Best

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (now emeritus, shows visitors the inside of a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is National Pollinator Week and what better time to post some bee wisdom from Cooperative Extension apiculturist (now emeritus) Eric Mussen? Based in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, Mussen completed 38 years of service last...

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (now emeritus, shows visitors the inside of a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (now emeritus, shows visitors the inside of a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (now emeritus, shows visitors the inside of a hive at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist (now retired) Eric Mussen explains bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist (now retired) Eric Mussen explains bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist (now retired) Eric Mussen explains bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Inside the hive: the queen bee goes about laying eggs as worker bees tend to her needs and the needs of the colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Inside the hive: the queen bee goes about laying eggs as worker bees tend to her needs and the needs of the colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Inside the hive: the queen bee goes about laying eggs as worker bees tend to her needs and the needs of the colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

The Buzzing of the Bees

Ann Sievers stands by her bees, a new addition to  IL Fiorello. This week is National Pollinator Week. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's National Pollinator Week, and Ann Sievers couldn't be happier. She has her olive groves, her California olive oil company that mills what's praised as the "finest of the fine" artisan olive oil, and now...drum roll...bees. Honey bees. Ann and her...

Ann Sievers stands by her bees, a new addition to  IL Fiorello. This week is National Pollinator Week. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ann Sievers stands by her bees, a new addition to IL Fiorello. This week is National Pollinator Week. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ann Sievers stands by her bees, a new addition to IL Fiorello. This week is National Pollinator Week. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ann Sievers checks an olive tree. The apiary is in the background.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ann Sievers checks an olive tree. The apiary is in the background.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ann Sievers checks an olive tree. The apiary is in the background.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees are thriving at  IL Fiorello. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bees are thriving at IL Fiorello. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees are thriving at IL Fiorello. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a rose at the entrance to IL Fiorello. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on a rose at the entrance to IL Fiorello. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a rose at the entrance to IL Fiorello. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Our Girls Made the News!

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Did you see that amazing  time-lapse video of honey bee development by Anand Varma on the National Geographic website? Varma's time-lapse video of 2500 images vividly shows the development of eggs to pupae to adults. He captured the video at the...

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk tending the hives at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees keeping bee-sy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sign that fronts the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is the mosaic-ceramic work of Davis artist Donna Billick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:26 PM

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