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Hole in One

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First you give them roots, then you give them wings. That's what's happening in our bee condo, a wooden block (nest) with drilled holes for leafcutting bees...

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Tags: bee condo (4), Megachile (7), native bees (26), Robbin Thorp (239)

Going Native

Pollinator

It's good to see so much interest in native bees and native plants. At the UC Davis Department of Entomology, we're frequently contacted by folks throughout the country...

Pollinator
Pollinator

FEMALE SWEAT BEE, Halictus ligatus, on a seaside daisy, Erigeron glaucus x Wayne Roderick, in the Storer Garden, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee

YELLOW-FACED bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) on a purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM
Tags: honey bees (360), native bees (26), native plants (3), Xerces Society (30)

So Many Bees

Yolo County Bee Collection

Folks accustomed to seeing only honey bees (which are non-natives) buzzing around their yard probably aren't aware that in the United States alone there are some 4000...

Yolo County Bee Collection
Yolo County Bee Collection

THIS COLLECTION of bees, by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, shows the wide diversity of bees in Yolo County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Metallic Green Sweat Bee
Metallic Green Sweat Bee

THIS is a male green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cuckoo Bee
Cuckoo Bee

THIS is a cuckoo bee, probably the genus Triepeolus, maybe Epeolus, and probably a male (identification by Robbin Thorp). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower Bee
Sunflower Bee

FEMALE SUNFLOWER BEE, Diadasia enavata, family Apidae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

THIS is a carpenter bee (Xylocopa tabaniformis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Native Bee Calendar Focuses on 'Pin-Up Girls'--and Boys

Spectacular Photography

Humans aren't the only calendar pin-up models. Think native bees. Think the 2010 Native Bees Calendar. The Xerces Society and the Great Sunflower Project have joined...

Spectacular Photography
Spectacular Photography

SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY of entomologist Rollin Coville, who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Berkeley, graces the 2010 Native Bees Calendar, a fundraising project of the Xerces Society and the Great Sunflower Project. (Photos courtesy of Rollin Coville)

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Looking for Cheap Urban Real Estate

Jaime Pawelek

Chances are if you walked up to a group of people and asked "Have you seen a Megachile today?" they'd stare at you blankly.  What's a Megachile? It's a native bee, also...

Jaime Pawelek
Jaime Pawelek

IN SUPPORT OF URBAN BEE DIVERSITY--Jaime Pawelek of UC Berkeley’s Department of Organisms and the Environment, discussed “Native California Bees: Looking for Cheap Urban Real Estate” at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Northern California Entomology Society. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cuckoo bee
Cuckoo bee

NOT YOUR BASIC BEE--The cuckoo bee, probably the genus Triepeolus and probably a male (according to Robbin Thorp), on a gum plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 5:49 PM

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