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A Big Bee Bash Is Beckoning: Learn About California's Native Bees

It's billed as a "Bee Bash," but it should be "Big Bee Bash." Urban entomologist Gordon Frankie, professor emeritus and research entomologist...

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)

Female sweat bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female sweat bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female sweat bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A leafcutter bee, Megachile sp., heading for a broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A leafcutter bee, Megachile sp., heading for a broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A leafcutter bee, Megachile sp., heading for a broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Andrena (mining) bee on meadowfoam, Limnanthes alba. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Andrena (mining) bee on meadowfoam, Limnanthes alba. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Andrena (mining) bee on meadowfoam, Limnanthes alba. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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

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

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (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)

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 3:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: 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

Foraging on Capeweed

Honey bees and native bees love capeweed, Arctotheca calendula, also called South African capeweed, cape dandelion and cape marigold or...

Native bees foraging on capeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Native bees foraging on capeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Native bees foraging on capeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 4:08 PM
Tags: capeweed (1), honey bees (437), native bees (37), noxious weed (1), pollinator (8)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Maureen Page: Impacts of Managed Honey Bees

UC Davis doctoral candidate Maureen Page, who  investigates the impacts of increasing honey bee abundance on plant-pollinator interactions...

Research by co-authors Maureen Page and Charlie Casey Nicholson scored the cover story of the   American Journal of Botany, November 2021 edition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Research by co-authors Maureen Page and Charlie Casey Nicholson scored the cover story of the American Journal of Botany, November 2021 edition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Research by co-authors Maureen Page and Charlie Casey Nicholson scored the cover story of the American Journal of Botany, November 2021 edition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 11:17 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Going Native: Do You Know the Native Bees of California?

Do you know the names of native bees commonly found in California's urban gardens? And how many have you seen in their habitat? Back in the 2009, a...

A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Anchusa azurea at Annie's Annuals and perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in a UC Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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

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

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

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, in a Davis garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 4:19 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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