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Robbin Thorp Began His Career Studying Honey Bees and Almonds

A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, he began his career studying honey bees. The late Robbin Thorp, the renowned UC Davis distinguished emeritus professor of entomology and global...

A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In his retirement, Robbin Thorp co-authored  two books,
In his retirement, Robbin Thorp co-authored two books, "Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide" and "California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In his retirement, Robbin Thorp co-authored two books, "Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide" and "California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp (left), legendary authority on bees, shows UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild the
Robbin Thorp (left), legendary authority on bees, shows UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild the "Miss Bee Haven" sculpture in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden on Bee Biology Road. Wild, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, is the curator of entomology at the University of Texas, Austin. This image was taken in 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp (left), legendary authority on bees, shows UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild the "Miss Bee Haven" sculpture in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden on Bee Biology Road. Wild, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, is the curator of entomology at the University of Texas, Austin. This image was taken in 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Celebrating the Life of Robbin Thorp, Global Authority on Bees

The UC Davis Department of Entomology, Feb. 3, 1970. In front (from left) are Dick Bushing, Frank Summers, Bob Schuster, Al Grigarick, Bob Washino, Harry Lange and Harry Laidlaw. In back (from left) are Charles Judson. Robbin Thorp, Vern Burton, Elmer Carlson, Oscar Bacon, Frank Strong, Don McLean, Ward Stanger and Ed Loomis. Among faculty not pictured: Stanley F. Bailey, R. M. Bohart, Warren R. Cothran, Norman Gary, G. A. H. McClelland, Howard McKenzie and Gene Stafford.

A life well-lived. Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, was a global authority on...

The UC Davis Department of Entomology, Feb. 3, 1970. In front (from left) are Dick Bushing, Frank Summers, Bob Schuster, Al Grigarick, Bob Washino, Harry Lange and Harry Laidlaw. In back (from left) are Charles Judson. Robbin Thorp, Vern Burton, Elmer Carlson, Oscar Bacon, Frank Strong, Don McLean, Ward Stanger and Ed Loomis. Among faculty not pictured: Stanley F. Bailey, R. M. Bohart, Warren R. Cothran, Norman Gary, G. A. H. McClelland, Howard McKenzie and Gene Stafford.
The UC Davis Department of Entomology, Feb. 3, 1970. In front (from left) are Dick Bushing, Frank Summers, Bob Schuster, Al Grigarick, Bob Washino, Harry Lange and Harry Laidlaw. In back (from left) are Charles Judson. Robbin Thorp, Vern Burton, Elmer Carlson, Oscar Bacon, Frank Strong, Don McLean, Ward Stanger and Ed Loomis. Among faculty not pictured: Stanley F. Bailey, R. M. Bohart, Warren R. Cothran, Norman Gary, G. A. H. McClelland, Howard McKenzie and Gene Stafford.

The UC Davis Department of Entomology, Feb. 3, 1970. In front (from left) are Dick Bushing, Frank Summers, Bob Schuster, Al Grigarick, Bob Washino, Harry Lange and Harry Laidlaw. In back (from left) are Charles Judson. Robbin Thorp, Vern Burton, Elmer Carlson, Oscar Bacon, Frank Strong, Don McLean, Ward Stanger and Ed Loomis. Among faculty not pictured: Stanley F. Bailey, R. M. Bohart, Warren R. Cothran, Norman Gary, G. A. H. McClelland, Howard McKenzie and Gene Stafford.

Robbin Thorp was a global authority on bees and worked to protect the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee (on his screen). This image was taken in October, 2007. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robbin Thorp was a global authority on bees and worked to protect the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee (on his screen). This image was taken in October, 2007. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp was a global authority on bees and worked to protect the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee (on his screen). This image was taken in October, 2007. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was Robbin Thorp's favorite photo. He's standing by an almond tree on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus. This image was taken in February 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was Robbin Thorp's favorite photo. He's standing by an almond tree on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus. This image was taken in February 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was Robbin Thorp's favorite photo. He's standing by an almond tree on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus. This image was taken in February 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp with two books he co-authored in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robbin Thorp with two books he co-authored in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp with two books he co-authored in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honoree Robbin Thorp reads a birthday card at a celebration in 2018 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. At right is Tabatha Yang, Bohart Museum education and outreach coordinator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honoree Robbin Thorp reads a birthday card at a celebration in 2018 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. At right is Tabatha Yang, Bohart Museum education and outreach coordinator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honoree Robbin Thorp reads a birthday card at a celebration in 2018 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. At right is Tabatha Yang, Bohart Museum education and outreach coordinator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Celebration of Life Set Oct. 11 for Robbin Thorp, 1933-2019

Robbin Thorp with his screensaver, an image he took of the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee. (2007 Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The date is set. The celebration of life for global bee expert Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis and a...

Robbin Thorp with his screensaver, an image he took of the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee. (2007 Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robbin Thorp with his screensaver, an image he took of the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee. (2007 Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp with his screensaver, an image he took of the critically imperiled Franklin's bumble bee. (2007 Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robbin Thorp with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Franklin's Bumble Bee May Be Protected: A Legacy of Robbin Thorp

Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with his screensaver, an image he took of Franklin's bumble bee. He passed June 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The late Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis,  and a global authority on bees,...

Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with his screensaver, an image he took of Franklin's bumble bee. He passed June 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with his screensaver, an image he took of Franklin's bumble bee. He passed June 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with his screensaver, an image he took of Franklin's bumble bee. He passed June 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just Being Totally Territorial

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets the back of a painted lady, Vanessa cardui, on a Mexican sunflower in a Vacaville pollinator garden. This is typical territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What was that! If you grow Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia) in your pollinator garden, you've probably noticed the fast-flying longhorned male bees...

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets the back of a painted lady, Vanessa cardui, on a Mexican sunflower in a Vacaville pollinator garden. This is typical territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets the back of a painted lady, Vanessa cardui, on a Mexican sunflower in a Vacaville pollinator garden. This is typical territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, targets the back of a painted lady, Vanessa cardui, on a Mexican sunflower in a Vacaville pollinator garden. This is typical territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heads up! A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, heads straight for the painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Heads up! A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, heads straight for the painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heads up! A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, heads straight for the painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly is interrupted by a male longhorned bee engaging in territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly is interrupted by a male longhorned bee engaging in territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly is interrupted by a male longhorned bee engaging in territorial behavior. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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