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Bee-ing There at UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day

A six-foot-long worker bee, the work of self-described

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven drew scores of families at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day,  a science-based day always held the...

A six-foot-long worker bee, the work of self-described
A six-foot-long worker bee, the work of self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis, anchors the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A six-foot-long worker bee, the work of self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis, anchors the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Youngsters checked out the display of bee specimens, which ranged from honey bees to carpenter bees to sweat bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Youngsters checked out the display of bee specimens, which ranged from honey bees to carpenter bees to sweat bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Youngsters checked out the display of bee specimens, which ranged from honey bees to carpenter bees to sweat bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A couple reads the information on a sign displayed in the haven.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A couple reads the information on a sign displayed in the haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A couple reads the information on a sign displayed in the haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An informative sign in the bee garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An informative sign in the bee garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An informative sign in the bee garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Youngsters scooped up honey bees using a catch-and-release bee vacuum. The late native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) initially used the device to catch, identify and monitor bees and showed youngsters how to participate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Youngsters scooped up honey bees using a catch-and-release bee vacuum. The late native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) initially used the device to catch, identify and monitor bees and showed youngsters how to participate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Youngsters scooped up honey bees using a catch-and-release bee vacuum. The late native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp (1933-2019) initially used the device to catch, identify and monitor bees and showed youngsters how to participate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This youngster pondered his catch in the bee garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This youngster pondered his catch in the bee garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This youngster pondered his catch in the bee garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Volunteers at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven await visitors during the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Volunteers at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven await visitors during the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Volunteers at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven await visitors during the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Benches, donated by the California State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (under the leadership of then State Regent Debra Jamison of Fresno), are a good spot to relax, enjoy the garden, and check your email. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Benches, donated by the California State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (under the leadership of then State Regent Debra Jamison of Fresno), are a good spot to relax, enjoy the garden, and check your email. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Benches, donated by the California State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (under the leadership of then State Regent Debra Jamison of Fresno), are a good spot to relax, enjoy the garden, and check your email. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Why This UC Davis Conference Is Sweet

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty and director of the California Master Beekeeper Program, opens a hive. She will provide a UC Davis reserach update on Friday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You've heard of "all systems are go." In this case, "all systems are sweet." The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center will host a Sensory...

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty and director of the California Master Beekeeper Program, opens a hive. She will provide a UC Davis reserach update on Friday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty and director of the California Master Beekeeper Program, opens a hive. She will provide a UC Davis reserach update on Friday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty and director of the California Master Beekeeper Program, opens a hive. She will provide a UC Davis reserach update on Friday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Waxing Poetic About Honey Bees and This Amazing UC Davis Bee Class on Wax Working

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Do you know how honey bees, the world's most beneficial insects, produce wax? Have you ever worked with beeswax? Have you ever made candles and wax...

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beeswax candles are cleaner, brighter and burn longer than other candles, plus, crafters can be very creative. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beeswax candles are cleaner, brighter and burn longer than other candles, plus, crafters can be very creative. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beeswax candles are cleaner, brighter and burn longer than other candles, plus, crafters can be very creative. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a wrap! Reusable wax wrappers are used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville (
It's a wrap! Reusable wax wrappers are used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a wrap! Reusable wax wrappers are used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Single plastic bags and plastic wrap are out; reusable wax wrappers are in.  They're used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville (
Single plastic bags and plastic wrap are out; reusable wax wrappers are in. They're used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Single plastic bags and plastic wrap are out; reusable wax wrappers are in. They're used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Learn About Honey Bee Anatomy at UC Davis Class

The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on

Consider the honey bee. Like all insects, it has a head, thorax and abdomen. But are you familiar with the rest of its anatomy? Here's an...

The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on
The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on "Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Honey Bee" takes place Oct. 19 at UC Davis, and is offered by the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program. This image was taken in Vacaville of a bee heading toward a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on "Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Honey Bee" takes place Oct. 19 at UC Davis, and is offered by the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program. This image was taken in Vacaville of a bee heading toward a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Laborious Honey Bee

A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today is Labor Day 2019, a federal holiday celebrated the first Monday of September. However, "the girls" are working, as they do every day of the...

A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Illuminated by the late afternoon sun, the worker bee prepares to fly to another Tithonia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Illuminated by the late afternoon sun, the worker bee prepares to fly to another Tithonia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Illuminated by the late afternoon sun, the worker bee prepares to fly to another Tithonia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker bee takes flight, lifting over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A worker bee takes flight, lifting over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker bee takes flight, lifting over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 2:28 PM

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