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Why This Bumble Bee Is a Treasure

A male Bombus vandykei,also known as the Van Dyke Bumble Bee, forages on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. on May 17. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's so blond that all you can say is "Wow!" It's sort of like the Reese Witherspoon of bumble bees. But then the gender doesn't match. Okay, the Owen Wilson of bumble bees. The male Bombus vandykei, commonly called "The Van Dyke Bumble Bee,"  is a...

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:59 PM

The Day the First Bumble Bee Arrived

Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii), foraging on verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When the monarchs return to southern California and central Mexico to overwinter, the residents rejoice. When the bumble bees emerge from their nests in the spring, we, too, rejoice. They are like the swallows of Capistrano and the monarchs of Pacific...

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

The Place to 'Bee' on Saturday, April 9

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You're likely to see many species of bees at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 on Bee Biology Road, University of California, Davis. The half-acre bee garden, operated by the UC Davis Department...

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:44 PM

What Color Is Your Pollen?

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing red pollen as it heads for an Echium (Pride of Madeira) in Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The next time you see a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) packing pollen, check out the color. Last Saturday on an outing in Vallejo overlooking the Carquinez Straits, we noticed a yellow-faced bumble bee on an Echium candicans (Pride of...

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Honey, You Ought to Attend This!

Why do honey bees (Apis mellifera) make honey and not most other bees? That question will be answered at the Honey and Pollination Center's

If you've ever wanted to taste exotic honeys (of course, you have!) and if you've ever wondered why native bees don't make honey (you have, haven't you?), then you're in luck. The Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California, Davis, is...

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 5:29 PM

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