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Celebrating the Honey Bees and Earth Day

Two honey bees forage in the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doom or gloom? Boom or bloom? Today is Earth Day, and millions of folks around the world stopped--at least for a moment--to pay tribute to the 46th annual observance. They planted trees, weeded their gardens, greeted pollinators, or just thought about...

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM

How to Bee All You Can Bee

A drone fly on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee is a bee is a bee. A fly is a fly is a fly. Thank you, Gertrude Stein. If you've ever wanted to learn how to tell the difference between a honey bee and a drone fly, head over to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis,...

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Going Native with the Native Bees

Male mountain carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, nectaring on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you want to learn more about native bees, mark your calendar for Saturday, April 23.  That's when the Davis Science Collective, a group of STEM graduate students at UC Davis who like to get together and do science outreach in their spare time,...

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:49 PM

When Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Cherry Laurels)

A backlit honey bee, its tongue or proboscis extended, heads for cherry laurel blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's definitely a bee friendly plant, packed with nectar and pollen. The cherry laurel, Prunus caroliniana, a member of the rose family, draws honey bees as if there's no tomorrow. Native to the southeastern United States, it can double as a...

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Plant 'em and They Will Come

A honey bee forages on a ceanothus (California lilac) in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the movie, "Field of Dreams," an Iowa corn farmer hears a voice whispering "If you build it, he will come." Apparently thinking this is the voice of his father, the farmer plows under his corn and builds a baseball field. We are hearing a similar...

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:11 PM

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