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Pollen Power

Gold dust? No, this is pollen covering the thorax of this female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on the passionflower vine (Passiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The conversation usually starts like this: "I saw this huge, huge bumble bee with yellow on its back. It was buzzing like crazy." Often it's not a bumble bee, but the Valley carpenter bee,  Xylocopa varipuncta, that's been foraging on the blooms...

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:02 PM

When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride

A varroa mite attached to a honey bee forager. It's the reddish brown spot near the wing. The bee is foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those blood-sucking varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers. In powerful numbers and weakened colonies, they can overwhelm and collapse a hive. We remember seeing a varroa mite attached to a foraging honey bee one...

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Short Cut

A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We all take shortcuts. We look for the shortest line at the supermarket, we use keyboard shortcuts, and we text ”how r u?” So, why shouldn't honey bees use shortcuts? They do. If you've ever watched a carpenter bee drill a hole in the...

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

The Lurking Place of the Fairies

A Valley carpenter bee appears to be

Foxgloves are called "the lurking place of the fairies." That could be. Foxgloves are also known by their genus name, Digitalis--meaning fingerlike. The genus is native to western and southwestern Europe, western and central Asia, Australasia and...

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Tags: carpenter bee (24), Digitalis (1), earwig (1), foxglove (1), honey bee (8)

Robbing Nectar

Carpenter bee, Xylocopa  tabaniformis orpifex, robbing nectar from salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We all take short cuts--short cuts around the campus, to the beach, to a favorite restaurant... Honey bees take short cuts, too. We've often watched assorted bumble bees and carpenter bees drill a hole in a long-tubed flower to rob the nectar. And...

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

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