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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

Happy Friday Fly Day--from a Golden Goddess

Thar's gold in them thar hills, and then there's that ol' golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria. It's a red-eyed blond that...

A golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, perched on a lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, perched on a lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, perched on a lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 5:06 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

The Bee and the Butterfly

The bee and the butterfly.   Or, Apis mellifera and Colias eurytheme.   One's a beneficial insect. That would...

A sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme, and a honey bee, Apis mellifera, meet on lavender. The butterfly is a male, as identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme, and a honey bee, Apis mellifera, meet on lavender. The butterfly is a male, as identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme, and a honey bee, Apis mellifera, meet on lavender. The butterfly is a male, as identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hey, bee, I was here first! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hey, bee, I was here first! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hey, bee, I was here first! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hey, butterfly! I was here second. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hey, butterfly! I was here second. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hey, butterfly! I was here second. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male butterfly, leery of the encroaching bee, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male butterfly, leery of the encroaching bee, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male butterfly, leery of the encroaching bee, takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 4:10 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Just a Day in the Life of a Butterfly

It's early morning.  A newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches alone in the center of a lavender bed in Vacaville,...

It's early morning, and a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's early morning, and a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's early morning, and a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As the sun warms her wings, the Gulf Fritillary unfolds them gingerly.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As the sun warms her wings, the Gulf Fritillary unfolds them gingerly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As the sun warms her wings, the Gulf Fritillary unfolds them gingerly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and prepares for take-off as honey bees arrive to forage on the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and prepares for take-off as honey bees arrive to forage on the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and prepares for take-off as honey bees arrive to forage on the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 4:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Food, Yard & Garden

Nighty-Night, Mr. Bumble Bee!

Have you ever seen a bumble bee sleeping? If you slip out to your garden at night or early morning, you might find the male bumble bees asleep in,...

A male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sleeps on a Mexican sunflower,Bombus Bombus vosnesenskii,in Vacaville,Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sleeps on a Mexican sunflower,Bombus Bombus vosnesenskii,in Vacaville,Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sleeps on a Mexican sunflower,Bombus Bombus vosnesenskii,in Vacaville,Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This sleeping male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, clings to lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This sleeping male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, clings to lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This sleeping male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, clings to lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Holding tight is this sleeping male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, clutching a lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Holding tight is this sleeping male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, clutching a lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Holding tight is this sleeping male yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, clutching a lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 5:05 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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