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Good Morning from a Sleepy Bumble Bee

A bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, commonly known as a

Benjamin Franklin reportedly said: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." What about the sleeping patterns of...

A bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, commonly known as a
A bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, commonly known as a "black-tailed bumble bee," awakens on a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, commonly known as a "black-tailed bumble bee," awakens on a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Good morning! The Bombus melanopygus peers over a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Good morning! The Bombus melanopygus peers over a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Good morning! The Bombus melanopygus peers over a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to forage! The Bombus melanopygus peers investigages a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Time to forage! The Bombus melanopygus peers investigages a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to forage! The Bombus melanopygus peers investigages a Spanish lavender in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 4:52 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale: Think Pollinators!

A black-faced bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on Purple Ginny salvia (sage). Sages are popular at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Think bees. Think butterflies. Think plants that will attract them. The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is hosting its first in a series of...

A black-faced bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on Purple Ginny salvia (sage). Sages are popular at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black-faced bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on Purple Ginny salvia (sage). Sages are popular at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-faced bumble bee, Bombus californicus, forages on Purple Ginny salvia (sage). Sages are popular at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, sips nectars from a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, sips nectars from a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, sips nectars from a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing honey bee heads for rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This is one of the plants available at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on Oct. 7. The plant yields red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-packing honey bee heads for rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This is one of the plants available at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on Oct. 7. The plant yields red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing honey bee heads for rock purslane, Calandrinia grandiflora. This is one of the plants available at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on Oct. 7. The plant yields red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Why Dead Bees Can Sting

A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can dead bees sting? Yes, they can. Here's the scenario: Our pollinator garden is buzzing with the sights and sounds of honey bees.  Ah,...

A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The California scrub jay decapitates the honey bee, avoiding the abdomen with the stinger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The California scrub jay decapitates the honey bee, avoiding the abdomen with the stinger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The California scrub jay decapitates the honey bee, avoiding the abdomen with the stinger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what was left of the honey bee from the photos above. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is what was left of the honey bee from the photos above. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what was left of the honey bee from the photos above. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On UC Davis Picnic Day, scrub jays had a picnic of their own in the author's yard, decapitating honey bees, and leaving behind the abdomens. Note the stingers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
On UC Davis Picnic Day, scrub jays had a picnic of their own in the author's yard, decapitating honey bees, and leaving behind the abdomens. Note the stingers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On UC Davis Picnic Day, scrub jays had a picnic of their own in the author's yard, decapitating honey bees, and leaving behind the abdomens. Note the stingers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Ol' Blue Eyes: A Blue-Eyed Darner

A Rhionaeschna multicolor blue-eyed darner, Aeshna multicolor, soaking up sun on a Spanish lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ol' Blue Eyes. What a treat to see. No, not an old movie starring Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), but the blue-eyed darner, the...

A Rhionaeschna multicolor blue-eyed darner, Aeshna multicolor, soaking up sun on a Spanish lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Rhionaeschna multicolor blue-eyed darner, Aeshna multicolor, soaking up sun on a Spanish lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Rhionaeschna multicolor blue-eyed darner, Aeshna multicolor, soaking up sun on a Spanish lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the blue-eyed darner in the Spanish lavender! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the blue-eyed darner in the Spanish lavender! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the blue-eyed darner in the Spanish lavender! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Not a Good Day for the Jumping Spider

A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider,  a Phidippus audax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you go hungry. Take the case of the huge jumping spider (a female Phidippus audax or bold jumping spider, as...

A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider,  a Phidippus audax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider, a Phidippus audax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider, a Phidippus audax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops, wrong direction! The jumping spider,Phidippus audax, is looking elsewhere as a bee arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oops, wrong direction! The jumping spider,Phidippus audax, is looking elsewhere as a bee arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops, wrong direction! The jumping spider,Phidippus audax, is looking elsewhere as a bee arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, climbs its mountain and lurks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, climbs its mountain and lurks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, climbs its mountain and lurks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, exits its summit, the Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, exits its summit, the Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, exits its summit, the Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:08 PM

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