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Show Me the Honey!

A sunny day in the apiary--this is one of the scenes at Olivarez Honey Bees, Orland, Calif., owned by Ray Olivarez. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Show me the honey! If you're a beekeeper in the United States and folks rave about your honey, then you'll want to enter the annual Good Food Awards event. You'll have a chance to win awards--and bragging rights. Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis...

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 5:16 PM

The Eighth Wonder of the World

A feral honey bee colony, with exposed comb, on a Eucalyptus tree in Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's time to add an “eighth wonder” to the Seven Wonders of the (Ancient) World: a feral honey bee colony. One with exposed comb. Many of us have never seen the Seven Wonders: the Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon,Statue of...

Why Honey Is Neither Bee Vomit Nor Bee Barf

Honey is a special treat fresh off the frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Honey is bee vomit!" "Honey is bee barf!" How many times have you heard that? Strong-willed arguments flash rapidly, pointedly and furiously, much like guard bees defending their colony in the fall from would-be robbers.  Just when you think...

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM
Tags: bee barf (1), bee vomit (1), Eric Mussen (217), honey (9), honey bee guru (1), UC Davis (7)

The Saga of the Defensive Honey Bees

Honey bee guru Eric Mussen, now Extension apiculturist emeritus, opening a hive at UC Davis for a group tour. These are European honey bees, also called Western honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The saga of the defensive honey bees--or what journalists labeled "aggressive" honey bees--in Concord continues. Although Extension apicuturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, retired in 2014 after 38 years...

Africanized Bees: How Far North?

Collection of Africanized bee swarms can be an issue. These bees are European honey bees (not Africanized) that swarmed on the UC Davis North Hall/Dutton Hall complex in 2012. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Africanized honey bees arrived in southern California in 1994 and are expanding north. How far north are they now? That's the question being asked all over Central and Northern California, especially since "The Concord Incident" or what happened along...

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 4:28 PM

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