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Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees aren't the only bees out foraging. We saw our first native bee of the season on Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the UC Davis...

Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, foraging Jan. 25 at the Benicia Capitol State Park. Note the tiny wasp, which appears to be a bethylid.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The head of the sweat bee,Halictus rubicundus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The head of the sweat bee,Halictus rubicundus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The head of the sweat bee,Halictus rubicundus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, prepars for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, prepars for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female sweat bee, Halictus rubicundus, prepars for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Learning About Native Bees with The Experts

A yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on vetch in May 2015 at Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, what a treasure to bee-hold! If you've ever visited UC Berkeley's Hastings Natural History Reserve in the upper Carmel Valley, Monterey County, and admired the yellow-faced bumble bees and other native bees foraging on vetch and lupine in the...

A yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on vetch in May 2015 at Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on vetch in May 2015 at Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee nectaring on vetch in May 2015 at Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for vetch at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for vetch at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for vetch at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenkii, is a whirl of anticipation as it nears lupine at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenkii, is a whirl of anticipation as it nears lupine at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenkii, is a whirl of anticipation as it nears lupine at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue sky, vetch, a yellow-faced bumbe bee and all's right with the world. This photo was taken in May 2015 at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blue sky, vetch, a yellow-faced bumbe bee and all's right with the world. This photo was taken in May 2015 at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue sky, vetch, a yellow-faced bumble bee and all's right with the world. This photo was taken in May 2015 at the Hastings Natural History Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 5:42 PM

When Bugs Beckon, the Bohart Museum Gift Shop Can Oblige

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Keep Calm and Insect On." That's the theme of the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 5 in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, University of California, Davis. In addition to...

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Neonics and Bumble Bees

A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) foraging on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Research published today in the journal Nature about neonicintoid pesticide exposure and bumble bees is causing quite the buzz, and keeping noted bumble bee expert Robbin Thorp busy fielding phone calls. The article:...

A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) foraging on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) foraging on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii)( foraging on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Neonics are hindering bumble bees' ability to pollinate apples, a UK study has found. This photo shows Gravenstein apples in Sebastopol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Neonics are hindering bumble bees' ability to pollinate apples, a UK study has found. This photo shows Gravenstein apples in Sebastopol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Neonics are hindering bumble bees' ability to pollinate apples, a UK study has found. This photo shows Gravenstein apples in Sebastopol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:05 PM

Nice to See You!

A male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, (as identified by Robbin Thorp of UC Davis) heads for a lavender blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nice to see you! In early spring and throughout most of the summer, we saw scores of digger bees, Anthophora urbana, living in our garden. The very territorial males patrolled the flowers, trying to save them for the females (to mate with them). The...

A male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, (as identified by Robbin Thorp of UC Davis) heads for a lavender blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, (as identified by Robbin Thorp of UC Davis) heads for a lavender blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, (as identified by Robbin Thorp of UC Davis) heads for a lavender blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, nectaring on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, finishes foraging  on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, finishes foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male digger bee, Anthophora urbana, finishes foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:23 PM

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