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Remembering the Wild Bees

Native bee enthusiast Celeste Ets-Hokin of the Bay Area is on a mission: she wants residents to provide habitat for wild bees, including bumble bees, sweat bees, miner bees,...


"Wild Bee Gardens" is the first known conservation app for North American native bees.

"Wild Bee Gardens" is the first known conservation app for North American native bees

A sunflower bee foraging on an echinacea flower. (Photo by Celeste Ets-Hokin)
A sunflower bee foraging on an echinacea flower. (Photo by Celeste Ets-Hokin)

A sunflower bee foraging on an echinacea flower. (Photo by Celeste Ets-Hokin)

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Do Honey Bees Impact the Native Bees?

A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee sharing a purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European honey bee, also known as the Western honey bee, has been in the United States for s-o-o-o long that we think it's a native. It's not. European colonists brought...

A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee sharing a purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee sharing a purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee sharing a purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two's company: A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee forage on Scabiosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two's company: A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee forage on Scabiosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two's company: A honey bee and a yellow-faced bumble bee forage on Scabiosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM
Tags: bumble bee (30), forage (1), honey bee (197), native bees (26)

Where the Boys Are

Male leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelis, as identified by Robbin Thorp, on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The boys won't be back in town for awhile. But they will show up. Girls, too. Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, and...

Male leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelis, as identified by Robbin Thorp, on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelis, as identified by Robbin Thorp, on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male leafcutter bee, Megachile fidelis, as identified by Robbin Thorp, on coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male longhorned bee, Melissodes communis, as identified by Robbin Thorp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male longhorned bee, Melissodes communis, as identified by Robbin Thorp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male longhorned bee, Melissodes communis, as identified by Robbin Thorp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Pollinator Gardening!

A green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on a cone flower at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you want to learn about what bees do, and how gardeners can support healthy pollinator populations through simple gardening practice, then this is for you: Your...

A green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on a cone flower at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on a cone flower at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus), on a cone flower at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) sharing a cone flower in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) sharing a cone flower in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) sharing a cone flower in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Your Basic Bee Book

The cover of Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees.

Not all bees are honey bees. Not all floral visitors are bees. That's why we're glad to see the publication of Bee Basics:  An Introduction to Our Native Bees. It will...

The cover of Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees.
The cover of Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees.

The cover of Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees.

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM

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