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Two Insect Contests: One Winner, One to Go

One down, one to go! We have a winner in the 4th annual Robbin Thorp Memorial First-Bumble-Bee-of-the-Year Contest, sponsored by the...

The search is on to collect the first cabbage white butterfly of the year in the three-county area of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The search is on to collect the first cabbage white butterfly of the year in the three-county area of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The search is on to collect the first cabbage white butterfly of the year in the three-county area of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 6:28 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

UC Davis Arboretum Is the Magical Place to Find the First-of-the-Year Bumble Bee

If history repeats itself, the person who finds and photographs the first bumble bee of the year in the two-county area of Yolo and...

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on Eryngium amethystinum, a genus that belongs to the carrot family, Apiaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on Eryngium amethystinum, a genus that belongs to the carrot family, Apiaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, forages on Eryngium amethystinum, a genus that belongs to the carrot family, Apiaceae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on ceanothus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on ceanothus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, nectaring on ceanothus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 3:25 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Bumble Bees and Tithonia: Perfect Match

A perfect match: a bumble bee foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. Lately we've been observing a bumble bee, identified as a...

A bumble bee, identified as a male Bombus californicus, foraging on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bumble bee, identified as a male Bombus californicus, foraging on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bumble bee, identified as a male Bombus californicus, foraging on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male California bumble bee, Bombus californicus, peeks through the flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male California bumble bee, Bombus californicus, peeks through the flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male California bumble bee, Bombus californicus, peeks through the flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Over here is better. A male Bombus californicus foraging on a Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Over here is better. A male Bombus californicus foraging on a Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Over here is better. A male Bombus californicus foraging on a Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male California bumble bee, Bombus californicus, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male California bumble bee, Bombus californicus, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male California bumble bee, Bombus californicus, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 6:13 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

The Return of Bombus

The English lavender drew her in. And there she was, a yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging in our family's pollinator...

A yellow-faced Bombus vosnesenskii, prepares to sip nectar from an English lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced Bombus vosnesenskii, prepares to sip nectar from an English lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced Bombus vosnesenskii, prepares to sip nectar from an English lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sipping nectar.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sipping nectar.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sipping nectar.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of the yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, departs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, departs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, departs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 4:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Breeze Blasts Bombus at Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay dawned cold and windy on Sunday, April 24.  Windy? 27 mph! We didn't think we'd see a single bumble bee foraging on the blooming...

No wind today! A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on lavender in Vacaville, Calif., on May 16, 2017. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
No wind today! A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on lavender in Vacaville, Calif., on May 16, 2017. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

No wind today! A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on lavender in Vacaville, Calif., on May 16, 2017. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 3:23 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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