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Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jacks? No, Queen Bee Cells

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With the opening of baseball season, it's "peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks!" But to beekeepers, it's peanuts. Or rather, peanut-like shells. Immature queen bees grow to...

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Easter Bonnet

Carpenter Bee

Irving Berlin wasn't writing about carpenter bees when he penned "Easter Bonnet": In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it You'll be the grandest lady...

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

CARPENTER BEE investigates a Bird's Eye blossom (Gilia tricolor) on the UC Davis campus. Pit stop for nectar! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Easter Bonnet
Easter Bonnet

CARPENTER BEE snuggles inside a Bird's Eye (Gilia tricolor) blossom. Voila! An Easter bonnet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:03 PM

The Beauty and the Beast

Green lacewing

She looked like a ballerina, with her long, thin antennae; slender, delicate body; and translucent, finely veined...

Green lacewing
Green lacewing

WHERE'S DINNER?--This green lacewing (Chrysopa spp.) checks out the menu in a UC Davis flower garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 6:27 PM
Tags: aphids (38), Chrysopa (1), green lacewings (2), UC Davis (224)

Tiptoeing Through the Tidy Tips

Honey Bee

 It's not spring until you see honey bees, carpenter bees and butterflies on Tidy Tips. That would be Layia platyglossa, a wildflower native to southern California. Its...

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE visits Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) a native California wildflower. This photo was taken April 2 on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

CARPENTER BEE visits Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) on the UC Davis campus. The insect is so heavy it pulled down the flower stem. The blue flower at right is Desert Blue Bells (Phacelia campanularia).(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)

PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY (Vanessa cardui) visits Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The Buzz in Berkeley

Honey bee on salvia

An article in today's San Francisco Chronicle indicated that the Berkeley City Council is "poised to transform all the city's parks and open spaces into habitats for...

Honey bee on salvia
Honey bee on salvia

THE VISITOR--A honey bee gathers nectar on salvia (sage), a popular plant in bee friendly gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 5:58 PM

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