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The 13 Bugs of Christmas, Revisited

It's time to revisit the "Thirteen Bugs of Christmas!"   Back in 2010, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (now emeritus) and yours truly...

A queen bee and worker bees.
A queen bee and worker bees. "On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 deathwatch beetles drumming, 11 queen bees piping, 10 locusts leaping, 9 mayflies dancing, 8 ants a'milking aphids, 7 boatmen swimming, 6 lice a'laying, 5 golden bees, 4 calling cicadas, 3 French flies, 2 tortoise beetles and a psyllid in a pear tree." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A queen bee and worker bees. "On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 deathwatch beetles drumming, 11 queen bees piping, 10 locusts leaping, 9 mayflies dancing, 8 ants a'milking aphids, 7 boatmen swimming, 6 lice a'laying, 5 golden bees, 4 calling cicadas, 3 French flies, 2 tortoise beetles and a psyllid in a pear tree." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 12:36 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Pest Management

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

Do Forests Play a Role in Bumble Bee Life History?

Do forests play a role in bumble bee life history? Yes, says UC Davis alumnus and research ecologist John Mola and his colleagues in...

The cover image of BioScience by Diego Delso shows a Bombus terrestris, a buff-tailed bumble bee that is one of the most numerous bumble bee species in Europe.
The cover image of BioScience by Diego Delso shows a Bombus terrestris, a buff-tailed bumble bee that is one of the most numerous bumble bee species in Europe.

The cover image of BioScience by Diego Delso shows a Bombus terrestris, a buff-tailed bumble bee that is one of the most numerous bumble bee species in Europe.

Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 4:08 PM
Focus Area Tags: Economic Development, Environment, Family, Natural Resources

Why You Should Clear Your Calendar for Feb. 20, 2022: UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day!

It's happening. The UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day committee has just announced on its Facebook page that "We are so excited to announce that the...

A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:25 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Family, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

If Honey Bees Fascinate You, Think About Becoming a CAMBP Certified Apprentice Assistant

If honey bees fascinate you, you might want to take the first step toward becoming affiliated with the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper...

Can you find the queen bee? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can you find the queen bee? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the queen bee? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the varroa mite on this worker bee? She is nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can you find the varroa mite on this worker bee? She is nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the varroa mite on this worker bee? She is nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heading toward lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee heading toward lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heading toward lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 4:33 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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