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UC Davis Researcher to Discuss Fascinating World of Orchid Bees

Santiago Ramirez captured this image of an orchid bee on an orchid. The tropical bees are distributed throughout Central and South America.

In the human world, women may splash themselves with perfume to attract men, but did you know that in the orchid bee world, males gather perfume compounds to attract females? Heaven scent? Orchid bee researcher Santiago Ramirez, an assistant professor...

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2:39 PM

UC Davis Bee Symposium on May 7: The Place to 'Bee'

Apiculturist Steve Sheppard of Washington State University is the keynote speaker at the UC Davis Bee Symposium. (WSU Photo)

It's the place to "bee" on Sunday, May 7 at the University of California, Davis. You'll meet scientists, environmentalists and beekeepers; you can brush up on bee friendly plants; and you can learn why honey is "as good as gold." Yes, excitement is...

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:53 PM

There's a Black Widow Spider in the Parade!

UC Davis Entomology Club members with the black widow spider float are (from left) Darian Dungey, James Fong, Chloe Shott (partially shown), Ben Maples (partially shown) James Heydon,   Maia Lundy, Diego Rivera. Lundy is the president of the club. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)

The venomous black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) is usually found in and around wood piles, beneath stones and rubble, and in cluttered areas of basements, sheds and garages. It can strike fear in the hearts of non-biologists. Sometimes it's found...

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Why Dead Bees Can Sting

A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can dead bees sting? Yes, they can. Here's the scenario: Our pollinator garden is buzzing with the sights and sounds of honey bees.  Ah, spring! A few feet away, California scrub jays are nesting in the cherry laurel hedges. They leave periodically...

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Show Me the Honey--And They Did!

Graduate student Jackson Audley of the Steve Seybold lab hands a honey-coated toothpick to a participant. At far left is graduate student Wei Lin of the Brian Johnson lab. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Show me the honey! That was a popular refrain at the 103rd annual UC Davis Picnic Day, held Saturday, April 22. The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology showed thousands of folks the honey at its Briggs Hall exhibit, "Honey Tasting." ...

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM

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