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The Bee and the Butterfly

A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) clinging to a lavender stem in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) clinging to a lavender stem in our pollinator garden. It is all alone--for a little white. Then here come honey bees seeking to forage on the lavender, too. One bee buzzes next to the butterfly's wing. Then it soars up and over. Too much...

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Yard & Garden

All Wrapped Up

A cellar spider eyes a honey bee in the catmint (Nepeta). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just call it a missed opportunity. Catmint (genus Nepeta) draws scores of insects, from honey bees to leafcutter bees to European wool carder bees. It also draws spiders. We usually see a cellar spider (family Pholcidae) trapping prey in its web.  It inflicts a fatal bite and then wraps it...

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM
Tags: catmint (16), cellar spider (1), honey bee (8), Nepeta (9), Pholcidae (1)

How Fast Can a Honey Bee Fly?

A honey bee can beat its wings 230 times every second. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How fast can a honey bee fly? We captured these photos today of a honey bee nectaring on catmint (genus Nepeta). The bee was moving fast. To blur the wings, we set the shutter speed at 1/640 of a second with an f-stop of 13 and IS0 of 800.  But just how fast can a honey bee fly? Its wings...

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

European Wool Carder Bees Aren't Slow Pokes

European wool carder bee darts through catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Don't ever call the European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) a slow poke. It's not "as fast as a speeding bullet" (Superman), but close. The males, quite territorial, chase away other pollinators, including honey bees, sweat bees and butterflies. The European wool carder bee gets it...

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

A Day in the Life of a Single Worker Bee

Honey bee tumbles off a flowering catmint and lands on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A day in the life of a single worker bee... A honey bee tumbles off the flowering catmint (Nepeta) and struggles to right herself.  Her wings tattered, her body battered, she does not buzz away. Perhaps she is approaching the end of her six-week lifespan--three weeks working inside the hive...

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Tags: catmint (16), honey bee (8), Nepeta (9), worker bee (1)

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