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Posts Tagged: honey bees

Why Dead Bees Can Sting

A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can dead bees sting? Yes, they can. Here's the scenario: Our pollinator garden is buzzing with the sights and sounds of honey bees.  Ah, spring! A few feet away, California scrub jays are nesting in the cherry laurel hedges. They leave...

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:39 PM

What a Stretch to Get the Nectar!

A honey bee

How often do you see a honey bee "standing upright" to reach nectar? "Well, I guess I could just buzz up there and grab some nectar! But why not stay right here where I am and just s-t-r-e-t-c-h  like a giraffe to get it?" This bee, foraging...

Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:52 PM

A Dazzling Display of Red Pollen

A honey bee packing red pollen stops to sip from nectar from Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks worry about "getting the red out." How about "getting the red in?" Have you ever seen a honey bee packing white, pink, blue, lavender, yellow, orange or red pollen? Have you ever seen the colorful diversity of pollen grains gracing...

Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:17 AM

Five Reasons Why All This Rain Is Bad for Almond Pollination Season

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a  pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not a good time to be a California almond grower or a beekeeper. And it's definitely not a good time to be a honey bee. The wind-whipped storms that are ravaging California are wreaking havoc on the state's almond pollination season, says...

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Bees Are Back Pollinating the Almonds

A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's almond pollination season in California but the weather refuses to cooperate. Heavy rains, high winds, intense flooding. What are the bees to do? They're holed up in their hives, waiting for the sun breaks. When the rain stops pelting their...

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:15 PM

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