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Why Wild Bees Are in Trouble

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our nation's wild bees--which include bumble bees, squash bees and leafcutter bees--are in trouble. A newly published study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals just how much trouble. (See research paper) Wild bee...

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, pollinating a squash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on wild blackberry blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on wild blackberry blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on wild blackberry blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bees  pollinate alfalfa, carrots, other vegetables and some fruits. This one is foraging on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutter bees pollinate alfalfa, carrots, other vegetables and some fruits. This one is foraging on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bees pollinate alfalfa, carrots, other vegetables and some fruits. This one is foraging on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This map shows the decline of wild bees in the United States. (University of Vermont)
This map shows the decline of wild bees in the United States. (University of Vermont)

This map shows the decline of wild bees in the United States. (University of Vermont)

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Clear the Calendar for the 2016 Pollinator Conference!

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's never too early to think about the pollinators. We're glad to see that the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University will host the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy next year--July 18-20,...

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollination ecologist Neal Williams, associate professor of entomology at UC Davis, is one of the conference organizers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollination ecologist Neal Williams, associate professor of entomology at UC Davis, is one of the conference organizers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollination ecologist Neal Williams, associate professor of entomology at UC Davis, is one of the conference organizers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 5:53 PM

You Can Take That to the Bank!

Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're good bees. You can take that to the bank! The excitement began when Martin Guerena, an integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with the City of Davis, encountered a native bee nesting site Wednesday in front of the U.S. Bank, corner of...

Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower bees, Svastra obliqua expurgata, flying to a nesting area in downtown Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sunflower bee delivering pollen to its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sunflower bee delivering pollen to its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sunflower bee delivering pollen to its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing sunflower bee making a deposit near a Davis bank. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-packing sunflower bee making a deposit near a Davis bank. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-packing sunflower bee making a deposit near a Davis bank. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lindsey Hack (left) and  Allie Margulies of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis, photographing the sunflower bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lindsey Hack (left) and Allie Margulies of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis, photographing the sunflower bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lindsey Hack (left) and Allie Margulies of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis, photographing the sunflower bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

People make deposits in this bank, but sunflower bees are making deposits near the bank (left, in the wood chip mulch, circled here by yellow caution tape). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
People make deposits in this bank, but sunflower bees are making deposits near the bank (left, in the wood chip mulch, circled here by yellow caution tape). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

People make deposits in this bank, but sunflower bees are making deposits near the bank (left, in the wood chip mulch, circled here by yellow caution tape). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:08 PM

Just inTime for Pollinator Week

This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.

Just in time for Pollinator Week. The wild bee research co-authored by 58 bee scientists and published today (June 16) in Nature Communications is drawing a lot of attention--and well it should. Pointing out that wild bee diversity is declining...

This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.
This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.

This macro image of a Ceratina bee is the work of Sam Droege of the bee inventory and monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey. This image is part of the public domain.

This is a female sweat bee, genus Lasioglossum, on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a female sweat bee, genus Lasioglossum, on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a female sweat bee, genus Lasioglossum, on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee,  Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM

The Bees Have It!

Bee scientist Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota keynoted  the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Dan Marshall)

If you missed the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium on keeping bees healthy, not to worry The event, hosted May 9 in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science by the Honey and Pollination Center and the UC Davis Department of...

Bee scientist Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota keynoted  the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Dan Marshall)
Bee scientist Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota keynoted the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Dan Marshall)

Bee scientist Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota keynoted the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium. (Photo by Dan Marshall)

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 5:54 PM

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