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Why Those Multi-Tasking Honey Bees Have Nothing on Amina Harris

A honey bee in flight, as she adjusts her pollen load and cleans her tongue or proboscis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you can't chew gum and walk at the same time, think about the multi-tasking honey bee. Have you ever seen a worker bee engaging in three tasks simultaneously: flying, adjusting her pollen load, and cleaning her tongue? We recently spotted a honey bee packing what seemed like a bowling...

Bee-hold: The Eye of a Honey Bee

Close-up of the eye of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee-hold, the eye of a honey bee! Have you ever looked into the eye of a honey bee? Really looked? If you read Norm Gary's popular book, Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees, you'll see just how marvelous they are. Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, and a widely...

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

The Bee and The Ladybug

A honey bee and a lady beetle, aka lady bug, thrust deep inside a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little drama in the mustard patch... A honey bee is foraging head-first in the mustard. She's collecting nectar and pollen. She does not see the lady beetle, aka ladybug,  thrust head-first above her. The honey bee is dusted with yellow pollen. The ladybug, not so much. The bee moves...

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Tags: honey bee (200), lady beetle (2), ladybug (3), mustard (3)

Surprise! A Little Brown Package in the UC Davis Arboretum

A praying mantis egg case or ootheca, clings to a Mexican grass tree, Dasylirion longissimum, in the UC Davis Arboreum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Surprise! Surprise! You never know what you'll see when you're strolling through the 100-acre UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, a treasure to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Case in point: For the last several months, we've been admiring a Mexican grass tree, Dasylirion longissimum, a...

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Photobombing a Honey Bee

A cabbage white butterfly photobombs a honey bee on a bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis). This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready? Set? Go? The search party is almost ready to start. If you're lucky, you'll net the prize before Art Shapiro does. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, has announced his annual “Butterfly for a Beer" contest: the...

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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