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A New Year and a First Bumble Bee

A queen black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for manzanita blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What an unexpected find! It was the first day of 2013 and what did we see: a queen bumble bee,  Bombus melanopygus, aka black-tailed bumble...

A queen black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for manzanita blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A queen black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for manzanita blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for manzanita blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Long tongue of the queen bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, sipping nectar from manzanita. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Long tongue of the queen bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, sipping nectar from manzanita. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Long tongue of the queen bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, sipping nectar from manzanita. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Queen bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Bumble Bee at Bodega Bay

Bombus melanopygus heading toward the Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's called the "Pride of Madeira" but don't let that name fool you.True, it's the pride of the Portuguese island of Madeira, where it's endemic, but...

Bombus melanopygus heading toward the Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus heading toward the Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus heading toward the Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peek-a-bee: Bombus melanopygus peers beneath the petals of an Echium candicans, also known as the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Peek-a-bee: Bombus melanopygus peers beneath the petals of an Echium candicans, also known as the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peek-a-bee: Bombus melanopygus peers beneath the petals of an Echium candicans, also known as the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Top view of a Bombus melanopygus on an Echium candicans, also known as the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Top view of a Bombus melanopygus on an Echium candicans, also known as the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Top view of a Bombus melanopygus on an Echium candicans, also known as the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM

A Welcome Visitor

Black-Tail Bumble Bee

At first I thought it was a yellow-faced bumble bee. Sort of like applying the adage, "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."...

Black-Tail Bumble Bee
Black-Tail Bumble Bee

EARLY RISER--Black-tail bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus) forages at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 4 in ceanothus at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From the Top
From the Top

FROM THE TOP--Black-tail bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus) sipping nectar from ceanothus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Buzzing Wings
Buzzing Wings

BUZZING WINGS--Wings of black-tail bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus) beating rapidly. The Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, Bee Biology Road, UC Davis, is open dawn to dusk. No admission is charged. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 8:28 PM

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