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The Bees-Ness of the Bees

The bee swarm touched down April 1, settling near the wind chimes on her patio roof. "I saw the swarm when I looked out the window,"...

Around 6 p.m., April 1, the bee swarm at the Starner home looked like this. (Photo by the Craig and Shelly Hunt family)
Around 6 p.m., April 1, the bee swarm at the Starner home looked like this. (Photo by the Craig and Shelly Hunt family)

Around 6 p.m., April 1, the bee swarm at the Starner home looked like this. (Photo by the Craig and Shelly Hunt family)

Beekeeper Craig Hunt (on ladder) and his daughter, Emma, 8, work to retrieve the bee swarm. Emma learned beekeeping from her father, who taught 4-H beekeeping prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shelly Hunt Photo)
Beekeeper Craig Hunt (on ladder) and his daughter, Emma, 8, work to retrieve the bee swarm. Emma learned beekeeping from her father, who taught 4-H beekeeping prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shelly Hunt Photo)

Beekeeper Craig Hunt (on ladder) and his daughter, Emma, 8, work to retrieve the bee swarm. Emma learned beekeeping from her father, who taught 4-H beekeeping prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shelly Hunt Photo)

Close-up of Craig Hunt smoking the bees. (Photo by Shelly Hunt)
Close-up of Craig Hunt smoking the bees. (Photo by Shelly Hunt)

Close-up of Craig Hunt smoking the bees. (Photo by Shelly Hunt)

Beekeeper Emma Hunt, 8, tends to the bees. (Photo by Shelly Hunt)
Beekeeper Emma Hunt, 8, tends to the bees. (Photo by Shelly Hunt)

Beekeeper Emma Hunt, 8, tends to the bees. (Photo by Shelly Hunt)

Bees in a box! The Vacaville patio swarm yielded two boxes. (Craig and Shelly Hunt Photo)
Bees in a box! The Vacaville patio swarm yielded two boxes. (Craig and Shelly Hunt Photo)

Bees in a box! The Vacaville patio swarm yielded two boxes. (Craig and Shelly Hunt Photo)

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 3:47 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Blessed Are the Bees

Blessed are the bees. When honey bees swarmed last week at the entrance to the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Vacaville, the site seemed quite...

The honey bees swarmed last week to the entrance to the Epiphany Episcopal Church, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bees swarmed last week to the entrance to the Epiphany Episcopal Church, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bees swarmed last week to the entrance to the Epiphany Episcopal Church, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Vacaville beekeeper Alyssa Hunt, 13, with a box for the bees. The queen, however, was not in the cluster--just her pheromone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Vacaville beekeeper Alyssa Hunt, 13, with a box for the bees. The queen, however, was not in the cluster--just her pheromone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Vacaville beekeeper Alyssa Hunt, 13, with a box for the bees. The queen, however, was not in the cluster--just her pheromone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Veteran beekeeper Craig Hunt raises a frame to the site where the small cluster was. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Veteran beekeeper Craig Hunt raises a frame to the site where the small cluster was. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Veteran beekeeper Craig Hunt raises a frame to the site where the small cluster was. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone hanging out by the cluster, waiting for his sisters to feed him. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone hanging out by the cluster, waiting for his sisters to feed him. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone hanging out by the cluster, waiting for his sisters to feed him. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bees may have swarmed from what appears to be a permanent colony in the bell tower of the Epipany Episcopal Church. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bees may have swarmed from what appears to be a permanent colony in the bell tower of the Epipany Episcopal Church. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bees may have swarmed from what appears to be a permanent colony in the bell tower of the Epipany Episcopal Church. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 1:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Family, Food, Natural Resources

It Happened on Friday the 13th

It happened on Friday the 13th. It was the first swarm of the season at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road,...

Honey bee swarm on the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Facility grounds on Friday the 13th. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee swarm on the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Facility grounds on Friday the 13th. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee swarm on the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Facility grounds on Friday the 13th. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey catches the swarm. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey catches the swarm. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey catches the swarm. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees enter a strategically placed hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bees enter a strategically placed hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees enter a strategically placed hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Bee Swarm!

Bee swarms are absolutely fascinating.Several years ago, when bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey was teaching a queen- rearing class at the Harry H....

Honey bee swarm in the North Hall/Dutton Hall complex at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee swarm in the North Hall/Dutton Hall complex at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee swarm in the North Hall/Dutton Hall complex at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Tags: Eric Mussen (283), honey bees (430), Norm Gary (31), Susan Cobey (94), swarm (3)

All About Bee Swarms

The peak bee season is winding down--along with the number of bee swarms."There aren't that many bees swarming this time of the year," said Extension...

Ready to Swarm
Ready to Swarm

THESE BEES at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, are ready to swarm. A few minutes later, they took off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Swarm
Swarm

BEE SWARM covers limbs at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On the Trunk
On the Trunk

THE TRUNK of a tree is covered with bees that have just swarmed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 5:45 AM
Tags: bee swarm (0), Eric Mussen (0)

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