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Bee Flies: Pollinators with a Bad Reputation

The late Argentine-born biologist Beatriz Moisset (1934-2022) of Willow Grove, Pa., called the insect "A Pollinator with a Bad...

A bee fly, family Bombyliidae, heads for a yellow zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bee fly, family Bombyliidae, heads for a yellow zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee fly, family Bombyliidae, heads for a yellow zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee fly hovers over a yellow zinina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee fly hovers over a yellow zinina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee fly hovers over a yellow zinina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee fly sips nectar from the zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee fly sips nectar from the zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee fly sips nectar from the zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee fly takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee fly takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee fly takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 4:56 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Oops! Wrong Species, Wrong Gender

So here's this male monarch nectaring on a pink zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. The nectar is rich and he is as hungry as a migrant...

A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, touches down next to a male monarch, Danaus plexippus, on a pink zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, touches down next to a male monarch, Danaus plexippus, on a pink zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, touches down next to a male monarch, Danaus plexippus, on a pink zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male monarch lets the painted lady know that his advances are unwelcome. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male monarch lets the painted lady know that his advances are unwelcome. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male monarch lets the painted lady know that his advances are unwelcome. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Okay, I'm leaving" The painted lady takes off as the monarch also prepares to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Okay, I'm leaving" The painted lady takes off as the monarch also prepares to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"I'm leaving, too!" The male monarch takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"I'm leaving, too!" The male monarch takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 2:18 PM
Tags: amorous mood (1), gender (1), monarch (23), painted lady butterfly (3), species (3), zinnia (12)
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

A Bee-Butterfly Battle Over a Zinnia

An Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, settles on a red zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden and begins sipping the nectar. A...

An Anise Swallowtail, sipping nectar from a red zinnia, seems unaware of a buzzing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An Anise Swallowtail, sipping nectar from a red zinnia, seems unaware of a buzzing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An Anise Swallowtail, sipping nectar from a red zinnia, seems unaware of a buzzing honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail:
Anise Swallowtail: "What great nectar!" Bee: "I want some, too!" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail: "What great nectar!" Bee: "I want some, too!" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail:
Anise Swallowtail: "This nectar is great." Bee: "Are you sharing or moving or what?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail: "This nectar is great." Bee: "Are you sharing or moving or what?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's touch and go! The honey bee, Apis mellifera, touches and the Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon,  goes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's touch and go! The honey bee, Apis mellifera, touches and the Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, goes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's touch and go! The honey bee, Apis mellifera, touches and the Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, goes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 8:33 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Celebrating the Honey Bee on Labor Day

It's Labor Day but "The Girls" continue to work. "The Girls" are the honey bees, a great example of a matriarchal society. How many workers...

A honey bee, packing a load of orange pollen, buzzes over a red zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee, packing a load of orange pollen, buzzes over a red zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, packing a load of orange pollen, buzzes over a red zinnia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2023 at 1:59 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

If Barbie Had a Praying Mantis....

If Barbie had a praying mantis, it would be pretty in pink. Do you think Barbie would fawn over a praying mantis nestled in a bed of pink zinnia...

A praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, is pretty in pink, nestled in a bed of pink zinnia petals. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, is pretty in pink, nestled in a bed of pink zinnia petals. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata, is pretty in pink, nestled in a bed of pink zinnia petals. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis has just nabbed an Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis has just nabbed an Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis has just nabbed an Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis polishes of an Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis polishes of an Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis polishes of an Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 3:46 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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