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Watching the Girls Go By

Honey bees making a

Pull up a chair and engage in a little "girl-watching." That is, honey bees heading home to their colony. Many beekeepers, especially beginning beekeepers, like to watch their worker bees--they call them "my girls"--come home. They're loaded with...

Honey bees making a
Honey bees making a "bee line" for their home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees making a "bee line" for their home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the load of yellow pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Where Do Foraging Bees Go to Die?

A worker bee staggers and extends her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Where do foraging bees go to die?" That question was asked this week of honey bee guru Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, who serves as the statewide Extension apiculturist. "Do they return to the hive? Do they retire and...

A worker bee staggers and extends her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A worker bee staggers and extends her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker bee staggers and extends her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee died soon after this photo was taken. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This honey bee died soon after this photo was taken. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee died soon after this photo was taken. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Not Brotherly Love

Dead bees

'Tis the season for brotherly love, but not in the bee hive. As the honey-gathering season ends and the weather turns colder, the worker bees (infertile females) push their brothers--the drones--out of the hive. Drones are of no use to the colony...

Dead bees
Dead bees

DEAD BEES--Drones are pushed out of the hive, cold and hungry, as the honey-gathering season ends and the weather turns colder. Some of these bees are drones (males) and some are worker bees (infertile females). This photo was taken Dec. 20, 2008. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 6:49 PM

The Queen Bee

The queen bee and her court

If you were a queen bee, you'd be laying about 1500 to 2000 eggs today. It's your busy season. "She's an egg-laying machine," said bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis....

The queen bee and her court
The queen bee and her court

The queen bee (the largest bee, center) is surrounded by her court, the worker bees, who take care of her every need. They feed her, groom her and protect her "and then they have the additional tasks of rearing and feeding her young," said bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. (Photo courtesy of Susan Cobey, UC Davis Department of Entomology)

A Marked Queen Bee
A Marked Queen Bee

Where's the queen bee? She's easy to spot. She's the one with the dot. These bees are part of a colony being reared by Kim Fondrk of UC Davis. See http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/news/beestock.html. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM
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