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Arboretum Plant Sale on Oct. 22: Yes, There's Life After Lawn

Monarch butterfly nectaring on Buddleia 'Purple Haze.' This will be one of the plants offered at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on Oct. 22. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Is there life after lawn? Yes. If you're looking for plants to attract pollinators, including bees and butterflies, then the UC Davis Arboretum's Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 22 is the place to "bee." A public fall clearance sale will be held from 9...

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2:52 PM

The Taste of Honey--Pomegranate Honey

A honey bee heads toward a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Last spring you may have seen honey bees pollinating the showy pomegranate blossoms. The ancient fruit, first cultivated around 4000 B.C. in Persia and known as "the fruit of kings," bursts with flavor, antioxidants and medicinal qualities. But have...

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 6:25 PM

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

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