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Today's Honorary Bee Image Award Goes to...a Fly

Today's Honorary Bee Image Award goes to...drum roll...an image of a humble hoverfly appearing on the National Geographic Facebook page. The...

A National Geographic Facebook image shows a hover fly masquerading as a bee.
A National Geographic Facebook image shows a hover fly masquerading as a bee.

A National Geographic Facebook image shows a hover fly masquerading as a bee.

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. It is often mistaken for a bee. Eristalis is a large genus of hoverflies, family Syrphidae, in the order Diptera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. It is often mistaken for a bee. Eristalis is a large genus of hoverflies, family Syrphidae, in the order Diptera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. It is often mistaken for a bee. Eristalis is a large genus of hoverflies, family Syrphidae, in the order Diptera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, Apis mellifera, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee, Apis mellifera, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee, Apis mellifera, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 12:17 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Yard & Garden

Take Stock: It's the First Day of Spring

Take stock of your flowers and pollinators; today is the first day of spring. If Virginia stock, Malcolmia maritima, is blooming in your...

It's spring! A honey bee heads toward a Virginia stock blossom, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's spring! A honey bee heads toward a Virginia stock blossom, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's spring! A honey bee heads toward a Virginia stock blossom, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee prepares to land on a   Virginia stock blossom, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee prepares to land on a Virginia stock blossom, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee prepares to land on a Virginia stock blossom, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! The honey bee sips nectar from the fragrant Virginia stock, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bottoms up! The honey bee sips nectar from the fragrant Virginia stock, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! The honey bee sips nectar from the fragrant Virginia stock, Malcolmia maritima. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 5:10 PM

Spreading Some Holiday Cheer

If you've lately visited the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, part of the 100-acre UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, you've seen them. Honey...

The Kniphofia
The Kniphofia "Christmas Cheer" poker plant, seen here in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden and nearby area, grows in clumps. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Kniphofia "Christmas Cheer" poker plant, seen here in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden and nearby area, grows in clumps. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for a
A honey bee heads for a "Christmas Cheer" poker plant on Dec. 26 in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for a "Christmas Cheer" poker plant on Dec. 26 in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The colors of the honey bee and the
The colors of the honey bee and the "Christmas Cheer" poker plant soothe the soul. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The colors of the honey bee and the "Christmas Cheer" poker plant soothe the soul. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a honey bee gathering nectar from the
Close-up of a honey bee gathering nectar from the "Christmas Cheer" poker plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a honey bee gathering nectar from the "Christmas Cheer" poker plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 5:21 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

It's Bee-ginning to Look a Lot Like...

It's bee-ginning to look a lot like Christmas...  All hail our littlest agricultural worker. European colonists brought the honey bee (Apis...

A feral honey bee colony (now gone) from a backyard in Vacavile, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A feral honey bee colony (now gone) from a backyard in Vacavile, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A feral honey bee colony (now gone) from a backyard in Vacavile, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Inside a managed hive at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Inside a managed hive at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Inside a managed hive at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee-utiful Christmas wreath, designed and crafted by Ellen Keatley Rose of Castle Rock, Wash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bee-utiful Christmas wreath, designed and crafted by Ellen Keatley Rose of Castle Rock, Wash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee-utiful Christmas wreath, designed and crafted by Ellen Keatley Rose of Castle Rock, Wash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023 at 12:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Revisiting 'The 13 Bugs of Christmas'

Back in 2010, UC Cooperative Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (1944-2022) of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and...

A golden honey bee, a Cordovan, nectaring in a Vacaville, Calif., garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A golden honey bee, a Cordovan, nectaring in a Vacaville, Calif., garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden honey bee, a Cordovan, nectaring in a Vacaville, Calif., garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite attached to a foraging bee in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A varroa mite attached to a foraging bee in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite attached to a foraging bee in a Vacaville, Calif. garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food, Innovation, Natural Resources

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