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A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We all take shortcuts. We look for the shortest line at the supermarket, we use keyboard shortcuts, and we text ”how r u?” So, why shouldn't honey bees use shortcuts? They do. If you've ever watched a carpenter bee drill a hole in the corolla of a tubed flower to get at the...

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Farmers market prices compare well with the supermarket produce aisle

Farmers market prices are competitive with supermarkets.

Many shoppers believe they can buy cheaper produce at supermarkets than at local farmers markets. A new UC Cooperative Extension study dispels that common misperception. In Placer and Nevada counties, UCCE received a CDFA Specialty Block Grant to encourage consumers to eat more fruits and...

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Bring Back the Monarchs!

Backlit, the monarch resembles a stained glass window as it touches down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When a monarch butterfly comes fluttering through your yard, grab your camera. Marvel at it beauty, celebrate its presence, and keep it in your memory. It may be become an endangered species the way things are going. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation recently reported that the...

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:28 AM

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