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This BOG in the Heart of UC Davis Is a Treasure

The Biological Orchard and Gardens (BOG) sign features floral and insect designs. It's located by the Mann Laboratory, UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"A bog is a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases, sphagnum moss."--Wikipedia. Not so with the Biological Orchard and Gardens (BOG) on the University of California, Davis,...

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 3:59 PM

The Bee and the Butterfly

A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) clinging to a lavender stem in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) clinging to a lavender stem in our pollinator garden. It is all alone--for a little white. Then here come honey bees seeking to forage on the lavender, too. One bee buzzes next to the butterfly's...

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Tower of Jewels: Aptly Named

A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii, a biennual. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's hear it for the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. Native to the island of Tenerife and belonging to the family Boraginaceae, it can tower as high as a 10-foot Christmas tree.  It's a biennial, meaning that it takes two growing seasons...

Posted on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:18 PM

A 'Page' in an Important Chapter on Wild and Managed Bees

UC Davis doctoral student and pollination ecologist Maureen Page has received prestigious three-year fellowship, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, funded by the Department of Defense.

Congratulations to doctoral student and pollination ecologist Maureen Page of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology! She's the recipient of a prestigious three-year fellowship, a National Defense Science and...

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 5:51 PM

Bee-Bopping with the Penstemon Margarita BOP

A honey bee approaches a Penstemon  Margarita BOP. BOP? That means

So we purchased a sky blue Penstemon cultivar with a tag labeled "Penstemon Margarita BOP." BOP? Bureau of Prisons? Bottom of the Pyramid? Business Owner's Policy? Basic Operation Plan? Breach of Peace? No, none of the above. It's an acronym for...

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 4:31 PM

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