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The Laborious Honey Bee

A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today is Labor Day 2019, a federal holiday celebrated the first Monday of September. However, "the girls" are working, as they do every day of the year, weather permitting. "The girls" are the worker honey bees. Unless you keep bees or have access to...

A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker honey bee forages on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in the magic hour, the hour before sunset. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Illuminated by the late afternoon sun, the worker bee prepares to fly to another Tithonia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Illuminated by the late afternoon sun, the worker bee prepares to fly to another Tithonia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Illuminated by the late afternoon sun, the worker bee prepares to fly to another Tithonia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker bee takes flight, lifting over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A worker bee takes flight, lifting over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A worker bee takes flight, lifting over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Can't Cut the Mustard? Not Honey Bees!

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The phrase "can't cut the mustard" (not able to handle the job) doesn't apply to honey bees. It's spring and honey bees are emerging en force from their hives to collect nectar and pollen to feed their colonies. The fields are awash with mustard. By...

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pollen-laden honey bee nectaring a mustard blossom in Vacaville, Calif. this week: in between the rains! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mustard pollen is to a bee what a milk mustache is to a kid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee is grabbing both pollen and nectar from a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:19 PM

About Those Bee Stings: A Question Everyone Wants to Know

It's a question everyone wants to know. When folks hear about the 70-year beekeeping/bee wrangling career of 85-year-old apiculturist Norman Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Davis, they ask: "How many times has he been...


"Bee Man" Norm Gary clustered with bees during a bee wrangling stunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Bee Man" Norm Gary clustered with bees during a bee wrangling stunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a bee sting. This photo was taken when a guard bee was defending her colony. Note the stinger embedded in the arm and the stretched abdominal tissue as the bee pulls away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a bee sting. This photo was taken when a guard bee was defending her colony. Note the stinger embedded in the arm and the stretched abdominal tissue as the bee pulls away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a bee sting. This photo was taken when a guard bee was defending her colony. Note the stinger embedded in the arm and the stretched abdominal tissue as the bee pulls away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Why Hobby Beekeepers in Urban Environments Should Limit Themselves to Two Hives

'Bee Man

Hobby beekeepers in urban environments should limit themselves to two hives, says apiculturist Norman Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, in his newly published book,  Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and...

'Bee Man
'Bee Man" Norm Gary is covered with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

'Bee Man" Norm Gary is covered with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Norm Gary, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

'Bee Man' Norm Gary: Still Smokin'

Emeritus professor of apiculture Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, pose with Gary's 70-year-old smoker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not every beekeeper who can say they've owned--and used--a smoker for 70 years. "Bee Man" Norman Gary can. And he displayed it at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, held recently at UC Davis. Gary, who initiated and...

Emeritus professor of apiculture Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, pose with Gary's 70-year-old smoker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Emeritus professor of apiculture Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, pose with Gary's 70-year-old smoker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Emeritus professor of apiculture Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, pose with Gary's 70-year-old smoker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little fun between friends! Norm Gary (left) playfully aims his smoker at Eric Mussen. Gary retired from UC Davis in 1994 as an apiculture professor, and Mussen in 2014 as an Extension apiculturist. Mussen continues to maintain an office in Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A little fun between friends! Norm Gary (left) playfully aims his smoker at Eric Mussen. Gary retired from UC Davis in 1994 as an apiculture professor, and Mussen in 2014 as an Extension apiculturist. Mussen continues to maintain an office in Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little fun between friends! Norm Gary (left) playfully aims his smoker at Eric Mussen. Gary retired from UC Davis in 1994 as an apiculture professor, and Mussen in 2014 as an Extension apiculturist. Mussen continues to maintain an office in Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen sign a Western Apicultural Society poster. Gary initiated and spearheaded the founding of WAS and served as its first president. Mussen just finished his sixth term as president. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen sign a Western Apicultural Society poster. Gary initiated and spearheaded the founding of WAS and served as its first president. Mussen just finished his sixth term as president. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen sign a Western Apicultural Society poster. Gary initiated and spearheaded the founding of WAS and served as its first president. Mussen just finished his sixth term as president. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is Norm Gary's 70-year-old smoker. He acquired this at age 13. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is Norm Gary's 70-year-old smoker. He acquired this at age 13. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is Norm Gary's 70-year-old smoker. He acquired this at age 13. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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