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The Bees of Bodega Head

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, returning to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's more to Sonoma County's Bodega Head than the stunning views, crashing waves, nesting seabirds, and bursts of flora and fauna. The...

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, returning to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, returning to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, returning to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, edges closer to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, edges closer to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, edges closer to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee-ant encounter: The  digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, encounters an ant, Formica transmontanis, as identified by ant specialists Phil Ward and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis. Both species nest on the sand cliffs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bee-ant encounter: The digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, encounters an ant, Formica transmontanis, as identified by ant specialists Phil Ward and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis. Both species nest on the sand cliffs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee-ant encounter: The digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, encounters an ant, Formica transmontanis, as identified by ant specialists Phil Ward and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis. Both species nest on the sand cliffs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, excavating a nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, excavating a nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, excavating a nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Four digger bees, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, appear in this image at Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Four digger bees, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, appear in this image at Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Four digger bees, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, appear in this image at Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A view from Bodega Head. Most tourists are unaware of the digger bees that inhabit the sand cliffs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A view from Bodega Head. Most tourists are unaware of the digger bees that inhabit the sand cliffs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A view from Bodega Head. Most tourists are unaware of the digger bees that inhabit the sand cliffs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 3:01 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources

An Insect You May Overlook

Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're walking along the cliffs of Bodega Head, Sonoma County, you may overlook them. While you're watching for whales, scouting for seabirds and...

Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of sand wasp, Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of sand wasp, Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of sand wasp, Sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on a seaside daisy on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sand wasp foraging for food on the seaside woolly sunflower, also nicknamed lizard tail and seaside golden yarrow. Its botanical name is Eriophyllum staechadifolium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sand wasp foraging for food on the seaside woolly sunflower, also nicknamed lizard tail and seaside golden yarrow. Its botanical name is Eriophyllum staechadifolium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sand wasp foraging for food on the seaside woolly sunflower, also nicknamed lizard tail and seaside golden yarrow. Its botanical name is Eriophyllum staechadifolium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Feeding Frenzy on Bodega Head

Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on yellow lupine on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're planning to hike the hills around Bodega Head in Sonoma County, watch out for the bears. The woolly bear caterpillars, that is. Last...

Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on yellow lupine on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on yellow lupine on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of woolly bear caterpillar on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Woolly bear caterpillar on wild radish on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Woolly bear caterpillar on wild radish on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Woolly bear caterpillar on wild radish on Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

A Woolly Bear of a Caterpillar

A woolly bear caterpillar munching on foliage at the Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you enjoy climbing the cliffs of Bodega Head on the Sonoma coast, keep your eyes out for bears--woolly bear caterpillars, that is. The so-called...

A woolly bear caterpillar munching on foliage at the Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A woolly bear caterpillar munching on foliage at the Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A woolly bear caterpillar munching on foliage at the Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A woolly bear caterpillar munching on fiddleneck. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A woolly bear caterpillar munching on fiddleneck. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A woolly bear caterpillar munching on fiddleneck. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Diggin' the Digger Bees

Digger Bees

Do you dig digger bees (Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana)?They're populating the sandy cliffs of Bodega Head, Sonoma County. A sure sign of their...

Digger Bees
Digger Bees

DIGGER BEES head for their nests on a sandy cliff by Bodega Head, Sonoma County. The entrance turrets are easily seen here. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Building a Nest
Building a Nest

HOME SWEET HOME--This digger bee is burrowing in a sandy cliff at Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mud Carrier
Mud Carrier

CARRYING MUD, this digger bee is making an entrance turret in a sandy cliff by Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 8:23 PM
 
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