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Bumble Bees: Pollen Power in the Phacelia

It's mine--move away! Two bumble bees, species Bombus vandykei, seek the same Phacelia blossom on the UC Davis central campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about pollen! The bumble bees, Bombus vandykei (as identified by Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis), were buzzing all over the Phacelia last week on the central campus. One bumble...

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:10 PM
Tags: Bombus vandykei (4), golden pollen (1), Phacelia (2), Robbin Thorp (197), UC Davis (113)

Meet Big Red, the Flameskimmer

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. Note the nesting earwigs and bees in the split stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Big Red visited us for four consecutive days. The red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, zigged and zagged into our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. and perched on a bamboo stake for five hours at a time. Occasionally, he'd hunt--lift...

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:27 PM

She'll Speak on The World's Most Dangerous Animal

This is the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegptyi, which transmits dengue, Zika and other diseases. (CDC Photo)

The world's most dangerous animal isn't the shark, wolf, lion, elephant, hippo, crocodile, tsetse fly, tapeworm, assassin bug (kissing bug), freshwater snail, dog, snake or human. No, it's the mosquito. Infected mosquitoes transmit diseases that ...

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Have You Seen Me? Can You Identify Me?

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Have you seen me? Can you identify me? No, you're a skipper, but which one are you? The colorful brown skipper butterfly that touched down on our Jupiter's Beard in Vacaville, Calif., on May 17 puzzled us.  First skipper we've seen this year in...

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Bears Raiding Bee Colonies: They're Seeking the Brood

This is what bear damage to a hive looks like.  This photo was provided by Jackie Park-Burris of Palo Cedro, who owns Jackie Park-Burris Queens. (Photo courtesy of Jackie-Park Burris)

Yes, bears raid honey bee colonies. But it's primarily for the bee brood, not the honey. The brood provides the protein, and the honey, the  carbohydrates. For beekeepers and commercial queen bee breeders, this can wreak havoc. Financial...

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM

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