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The Buzz Behind the UC Davis Bumble Bee Contest

The Bohart Museum of Entomology generated a lot of buzz when it sponsored its second annual "Robbin Thorp Memorial First-Bumble-Bee-of-the-Year...

This is the image of Bombus vosnesenskii that Ellen Zagory captured in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
This is the image of Bombus vosnesenskii that Ellen Zagory captured in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

This is the image of Bombus vosnesenskii that Ellen Zagory captured in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

This is the cell phone image of Bombus melanopygus that Maureen Page took in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
This is the cell phone image of Bombus melanopygus that Maureen Page took in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

This is the cell phone image of Bombus melanopygus that Maureen Page took in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

The late UC Davis professor, Robbin Thorp, shown here with an image he took of the endangered  Franklin's bumble bee, always looked forward to finding the first bumble bee of the year.
The late UC Davis professor, Robbin Thorp, shown here with an image he took of the endangered Franklin's bumble bee, always looked forward to finding the first bumble bee of the year.

The late UC Davis professor, Robbin Thorp, shown here with an image he took of the endangered Franklin's bumble bee, always looked forward to finding the first bumble bee of the year.

Posted on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 4:51 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Game On! Find and Photograph the First Bumble Bee of the Year

Game on! If you're thinking about taking a walk in Yolo or Solano counties to celebrate the new year--or just to get some exercise in keeping with...

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on nectarine blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on nectarine blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on nectarine blossoms in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 3:53 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Wanted: The First Bumble Bee of the Year in Yolo or Solano Counties

Wanted: the first bumble bee of the year in Yolo or Solano Counties! If you're the first to photograph one and email it to...

This image of a black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, was taken in Benicia on Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image of a black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, was taken in Benicia on Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image of a black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, was taken in Benicia on Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 7:43 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Going Native: Do You Know the Native Bees of California?

Do you know the names of native bees commonly found in California's urban gardens? And how many have you seen in their habitat? Back in the 2009, a...

A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on a purple coneflower in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on a purple coneflower in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female metallic green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on a purple coneflower in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, Halictus farinosus, foraging on rock purslane in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sweat bee, Halictus farinosus, foraging on rock purslane in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, Halictus farinosus, foraging on rock purslane in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee,  Xylocopa sonorina, foraging on germander, Teucrium fruitcans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, foraging on germander, Teucrium fruitcans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, foraging on germander, Teucrium fruitcans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 4:19 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Thank the Squash Bee for That Pumpkin Pie

"Hey, there, pumpkin, how big of a piece of pumpkin pie do you want?" If you've ever been asked that, you may have responded--quite...

The squash bee,  Peponapis pruinosa, is a specialist that pollinates only the cucurbits or squash family, Cucurbitaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, is a specialist that pollinates only the cucurbits or squash family, Cucurbitaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, is a specialist that pollinates only the cucurbits or squash family, Cucurbitaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a squash bee. Native to North America, it pollinates cucurbit blossoms early in the morning. The blossoms usually close around noon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a squash bee. Native to North America, it pollinates cucurbit blossoms early in the morning. The blossoms usually close around noon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a squash bee. Native to North America, it pollinates cucurbit blossoms early in the morning. The blossoms usually close around noon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 9:24 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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