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'Tis the Season to Be 'In the Pink'

As the predominantly red-and-green holiday season draws to a close, and the year crawls to an end, it's time to "bee in the pink." Pink? Yes, "in...

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A honey bee "in the pink" is foraging on a begonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee "in the pink" is foraging on a begonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee seeking a pink rockpurlane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee seeking a pink rockpurlane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee seeking a pink rockpurlane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a pink zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on a pink zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a pink zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee is
This honey bee is "in the pink"--foraging on a pink oxalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee is "in the pink"--foraging on a pink oxalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's not to like about a pink nectarine blossom? This bee goes in head first. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's not to like about a pink nectarine blossom? This bee goes in head first. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's not to like about a pink nectarine blossom? This bee goes in head first. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 4:44 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

'Am I Even a Bee?' Identity Crisis Unfolds in This Charming Book

Your mama tells you that you're a bee, but when you look around you, you don't look like any of the bees you encounter in the meadow. Not the honey...

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

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

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

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

A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora urbana, sipping nectar on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora urbana, sipping nectar on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora urbana, sipping nectar on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sipping nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sipping nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sipping nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blue orchard bee, Osmia  lignaria, nectaring on Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria, nectaring on Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria, nectaring on Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Andrena pulvera (mining bee) on meadowfoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Andrena pulvera (mining bee) on meadowfoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Andrena pulvera (mining bee) on meadowfoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelia, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelia, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelia, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 26, 2022 at 3:18 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Honey Bees Do Love Their Mallow

There's not much blooming this time of year but if and when blossoms burst open, the honey bees are going to find them. Take the Anisodontea...

A honey bee heads for an African mallow, Anisodontea capensis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for an African mallow, Anisodontea capensis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for an African mallow, Anisodontea capensis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's a mallow without a honey bee? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's a mallow without a honey bee? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's a mallow without a honey bee? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

Time to 'Bee' Thankful

It's Thanksgiving Day, and as we sit down with family and friends to count our blessings, let's thank the bees. If your table includes pumpkin,...

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Five honey bees offering their pollination services on a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Five honey bees offering their pollination services on a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Five honey bees offering their pollination services on a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 8:53 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

In Celebration of the Bees

When Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen (1945-2022) was cleaning out his office in Briggs Hall, UC Davis Department of Entomology and...

This framed photo of an image, once  belonging to the late Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, shows an ancient rock painting from Zimbabwe. A beekeeper is using a smoker.
This framed photo of an image, once belonging to the late Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, shows an ancient rock painting from Zimbabwe. A beekeeper is using a smoker.

This framed photo of an image, once belonging to the late Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, shows an ancient rock painting from Zimbabwe. A beekeeper is using a smoker.

These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes displayed in The HIVE, Woodland, part of Z Specialty Food that he founded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes displayed in The HIVE, Woodland, part of Z Specialty Food that he founded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes displayed in The HIVE, Woodland, part of Z Specialty Food that he founded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 4:38 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Food, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources

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