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Why She's Packing Pollen That Way

A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've ever seen honey bees foraging on primrose, you may have seen something unusual. What's with the pollen hanging below their hind legs as they buzz from primrose to primrose? There's a reason for that. Distinguished emeritus professor Robbin...

A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee prepares to visit another primose. Note the stringy mass of pollen hanging from her hind legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee rapidly covering the distance to the primrose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee rapidly covering the distance to the primrose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee rapidly covering the distance to the primrose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almost in! Honey bee partially enters a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almost in! Honey bee partially enters a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almost in! Honey bee partially enters a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging inside a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging inside a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging inside a primrose blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 6:02 PM

A Tiff Over a Tithonia

A tiff over a Tithonia. One holds her ground while another wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees sometimes get into little battles with one another. Here's a case of a tiff over a Tithonia. Two honey bees wanted the same Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). They each tried to claim the same blossom, bounced one another off, returned, and then...

A tiff over a Tithonia. One holds her ground while another wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A tiff over a Tithonia. One holds her ground while another wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tiff over a Tithonia. One holds her ground while another wants her share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let the battle begin! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Let the battle begin! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let the battle begin! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Share and share alike! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Share and share alike! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Share and share alike! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And the winner is... (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
And the winner is... (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And the winner is... (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:49 PM
Tags: honey bees (246), Mexican sunflower (1), Tithonia (3)

What Do You Know About Neonics?

A honey bee  pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What do you know about neonicotinoids, aka neonics? An educational opportunity to learn more about them--the truths and the myths--will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the University of Caifornia, Davis, and you're invited. It's open to the...

A honey bee  pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee pollinating an apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 5:39 PM

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

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