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Meet the Mountain Boy

A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I call him the Mountain Boy. A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, appeared in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif.,on Feb. 27, the earliest we've seen...

A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, peers over a geranium petal in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, peers over a geranium petal in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, peers over a geranium petal in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peek-a-bee! A close-up of a male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Peek-a-bee! A close-up of a male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peek-a-bee! A close-up of a male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, on a geranium in Vacaville, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Buzz: Protecting Our Bumble Bees

This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's  proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble bees--how many have you seen so far this year on the UC Davis campus? If you join the thousands of visitors at the ninth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on...

This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's  proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is Crotch's bumble bee, Bombus crotchii, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Allan Jones, used with permission)
This is Crotch's bumble bee, Bombus crotchii, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Allan Jones, used with permission)

This is Crotch's bumble bee, Bombus crotchii, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Allan Jones, used with permission)

Bombus Back in Benicia

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How many different bumble bee species have you seen or photographed this year? Have you seen the black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus? It's the earliest to emerge in...

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Come on in, the pollen is fine! Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Come on in, the pollen is fine! Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Come on in, the pollen is fine! Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, can't get enough of this rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, can't get enough of this rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, can't get enough of this rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Robbin Thorp Bumble Bee Memorial Contest

The 2017 winner: Allan Jones photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum.

Where's the first bumble bee of the year in Solano and Yolo counties? It's not a $64,000 question, because there's no reward--just bragging rights. Game on! Robbin Thorp...

The 2017 winner: Allan Jones photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum.
The 2017 winner: Allan Jones photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum.

The 2017 winner: Allan Jones photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum.

The 2018 winner: Kathy Keatley Garvey photographed this Bombus melanopygus on rosemary in Benicia on Jan. 1.
The 2018 winner: Kathy Keatley Garvey photographed this Bombus melanopygus on rosemary in Benicia on Jan. 1.

The 2018 winner: Kathy Keatley Garvey photographed this Bombus melanopygus on rosemary in Benicia on Jan. 1.

The 2019 winner: Kim Chacon photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 10 in the UC Davis Arboretum.
The 2019 winner: Kim Chacon photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 10 in the UC Davis Arboretum.

The 2019 winner: Kim Chacon photographed this Bombus melanopygus on manzanita on Jan. 10 in the UC Davis Arboretum.

Robbin Thorp Began His Career Studying Honey Bees and Almonds

A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, he began his career studying honey bees. The late Robbin Thorp, the renowned UC Davis distinguished emeritus professor of entomology and global bee authority who will...

A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee packing pollen and nectaring on an almond blossom at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In his retirement, Robbin Thorp co-authored  two books,
In his retirement, Robbin Thorp co-authored two books, "Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide" and "California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In his retirement, Robbin Thorp co-authored two books, "Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide" and "California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp (left), legendary authority on bees, shows UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild the
Robbin Thorp (left), legendary authority on bees, shows UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild the "Miss Bee Haven" sculpture in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden on Bee Biology Road. Wild, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, is the curator of entomology at the University of Texas, Austin. This image was taken in 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robbin Thorp (left), legendary authority on bees, shows UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild the "Miss Bee Haven" sculpture in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden on Bee Biology Road. Wild, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, is the curator of entomology at the University of Texas, Austin. This image was taken in 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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