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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

Honey Bee Larvae: Weigh to Go!

It's a week before Christmas and it's not just the geese that are getting fat. If you're thinking that the bathroom scale and you are not good...

Queen bee laying an egg. A honey bee egg weighs about 0.1 mg, according to the late Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Queen bee laying an egg. A honey bee egg weighs about 0.1 mg, according to the late Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee laying an egg. A honey bee egg weighs about 0.1 mg, according to the late Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Over the next six days, a tiny egg will soar to 120 mg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Over the next six days, a tiny egg will soar to 120 mg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Over the next six days, a tiny egg will soar to 120 mg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee larvae grow fast. Here a bee, next to larvae, is ready to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee larvae grow fast. Here a bee, next to larvae, is ready to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee larvae grow fast. Here a bee, next to larvae, is ready to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly emerged honey bee. It weighs about 1000 times the weight of a one-day-old bee larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly emerged honey bee. It weighs about 1000 times the weight of a one-day-old bee larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly emerged honey bee. It weighs about 1000 times the weight of a one-day-old bee larva. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 5:03 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources

Kim Flottum: Friend of Beekeepers and Bees

We are saddened to hear of the death of Peter "Kim" Flottum, longtime editor of Bee Culture magazine, a friend of the nation's beekeepers and...

UC Davis emeritus professor Norm Gary (far right) working with Kim Flottum (seated) on a television project in 2010 at UC Davis. In back is a member of the TV crew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis emeritus professor Norm Gary (far right) working with Kim Flottum (seated) on a television project in 2010 at UC Davis. In back is a member of the TV crew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis emeritus professor Norm Gary (far right) working with Kim Flottum (seated) on a television project in 2010 at UC Davis. In back is a member of the TV crew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In 2010, Kim Flottum, then editor of Bee Culture, stands by a cluster of bees, ready for bee wrangling by his friend Norm Gary, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In 2010, Kim Flottum, then editor of Bee Culture, stands by a cluster of bees, ready for bee wrangling by his friend Norm Gary, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In 2010, Kim Flottum, then editor of Bee Culture, stands by a cluster of bees, ready for bee wrangling by his friend Norm Gary, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023 at 2:23 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

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