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'Bee Man' Norm Gary Featured at WAS Conference at UC Davis

'Bee Man' Norm Gary is surrounded by bees as he is about to perform a bee wrangling stunt. He is now retired from bee wrangling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees intrigue, delight and fascinate Norman Gary. In fact, they have for 70 years. Seven decades. Yes, that's how long he's kept bees. Norm Gary's 70-year career includes both hobby and commercial beekeeping, but you probably know him by his...

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Make Mine the Monarch

A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The National Geographic just ran a piece titled "Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead." "There are 1.4 billion insects for each one of us," wrote Simon Worrall in reviewing the book, Bugged: The Insects Who Rule and the World and the People Obsessed with...

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

A Tiger by the Tail

A longhorn bee, probably Melissodes agilis, has this

One of Buck Owens' signature songs that never failed to please his fan base was "I Got a Tiger by the Tail." The Country-Hall-of-Fame singer, who died in 2006 at age 76, said the lyrics came to him after he noticed a gas station sign advertising "Put a...

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Why Turning 40 Is a Bee-Boggling Event: Western Apicultural Society's Big Conference

Pointing out the queen bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Turning 40 can be mind-boggling. But it will be bee-boggling--all bee-boggling--when the Western Apicultural Society (WAS) meets Sept. 5-8 at the University of California, Davis for its 40th annual conference. So much to do. So much to hear. So much to...

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Let Us Prey!

A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata (as identified by Andrew Pfeifer) clings to a showy milkweed leaf as she dines on a longhorn bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everybody eats in the pollinator garden. Everybody. The pollinators in our garden in Vacaville, Calif., sip the nectar. They include honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, sweat bees,  European wool carder bees, hover flies and assorted...

Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 4:53 PM

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