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Do Honey Bees Have Taste Buds?

Honey bees sipping nectar from a blanketflower (Gaillardia), while another bee buzzes in. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You've seen honey bees nectaring on flowers. You've watched their proboscis (tongue) probing for nectar. Some linger quite awhile before they buzz off. Have you ever thought about this: Do they have taste buds? A colleague asked that question. In...

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Everybody Eats in the Pollinator Garden

A crab spider, on a Mexican sunflower, eating a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everybody eats in the pollinator garden. That includes crab spiders that sprawl atop a flower, flatten themselves, and wait, oh, so patiently, for dinner. We've seen them nab green bottle flies, sweat bees and honey bees. They pounce, inject a killer...

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM

So, You Want to Become a Beekeeper...

Worker bees and queen cells. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you want to become a beekeeper... You want to do your part to help the declining bee population. You want to learn about the honey bees that pollinate the food you eat, including fruits, vegetables and nuts (especially almonds!). You'd love some...

Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Pitch It, Plant It, Grow It

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a great idea! The Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center on the UC Davis campus is spearheading a "Pitch & Plant Gardening Contest." They're looking for folks to (1) pitch an idea for a raised bed and (2) plant it and nurture it from...

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:51 PM

A Butterfly Ballet at a Special Place

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)sips nectar from a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ruth Charlotte Risdon Storer (1888-1986) would have been proud. The garden that bears her name in the UC Davis Arboretum is Nature at its Best, especially this time of year. It's better known as the Storer Garden, but a plaque spells out the entire...

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:18 PM

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