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What a Stretch to Get the Nectar!

A honey bee

How often do you see a honey bee "standing upright" to reach nectar? "Well, I guess I could just buzz up there and grab some nectar! But why not stay right here where I am and just s-t-r-e-t-c-h  like a giraffe to get it?" This bee, foraging on a...

Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:52 PM
Tags: honey (3), honey bees (285), nectar (2), Photinia (1), stretch (1), UC Davis Picnic Day (2), worker bees (2)

A Dazzling Display of Red Pollen

A honey bee packing red pollen stops to sip from nectar from Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks worry about "getting the red out." How about "getting the red in?" Have you ever seen a honey bee packing white, pink, blue, lavender, yellow, orange or red pollen? Have you ever seen the colorful diversity of pollen grains gracing their...

Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:17 AM

Five Reasons Why All This Rain Is Bad for Almond Pollination Season

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a  pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not a good time to be a California almond grower or a beekeeper. And it's definitely not a good time to be a honey bee. The wind-whipped storms that are ravaging California are wreaking havoc on the state's almond pollination season, says honey...

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Bees Are Back Pollinating the Almonds

A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's almond pollination season in California but the weather refuses to cooperate. Heavy rains, high winds, intense flooding. What are the bees to do? They're holed up in their hives, waiting for the sun breaks. When the rain stops pelting their hives...

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Hear that Buzz? Dixon 4-H'ers Are Caring for Their Bees

Evaluator Linda Layton of Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, talks to Ryan Anenson about his honey bee project at the Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The 4-H Youth Development Program isn't just about cows and chickens. It's about other projects, too, from "A" to "Z." And "B." Don't forget the honey bees. Solano County's Tremont 4-H Club, Dixon, has just launched a beekeeping project, led by adult...

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 4:56 PM

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