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Cute as a Button (Willow)

Heading for the Nectar

A bee on a ball. When it flowers, the button-willow (Cephalanthus occidentalis), also known as willow buttonbush, honey ball, and button ball (oh, that’s so close to butter ball!) attracts honey bees and butterflies like you...

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 2:19 PM

The Queen Bee

The queen bee and her court

If you were a queen bee, you'd be laying about 1500 to 2000 eggs today. It's your busy season. "She's an egg-laying machine," said bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis....

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM
Tags: drones (8), Kim Fondrk (9), queen bee (10), Susan Cobey (82), worker bees (5)

Gray Hairstreak

The gray hairstreak butterfly

"Omigosh, what's that? A gray hairstreak?" If it's in your hair, you consult a mirror, your favorite salon, or just ignore it. If you're an entomologist or a lepidopterist, a gray hairstreak is delightful. "Omigosh, check that out!...

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Build It And They Will Come

Bee block

Build it and they will come. Baseball’s “Field of Dreams?” No, a bee nesting block.  Think "bee condo." It’s an artificial nesting site made of wood and drilled...

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Cuckoo bee

We've all heard of the cuckoo clock. And most of us have heard of the  cuckoo bird (Cuculus canorus), which lays its eggs in the nest of birds of other species.  But the cuckoo bee? Yes, there is a cuckoo bee. The female lays her eggs in the...

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 1:21 PM
Tags: cuckoo bee (5), Robbin Thorp (210), Triepeolus (1)

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