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Laidlaw Facility / Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Photo: Bee sculpture

A honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee share a coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) from the aster family in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) is one of some 50 species of bees found in the garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

More Than 85 Bee Species in Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Native polinator speciaist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology, has been monitoring the garden since 2008

DAVIS—Honey bees aren’t the only bees frequenting the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, the half-acre bee friendly garden planted last fall at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, University of California, Davis.

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology, who has been monitoring the garden since 2008, from open field to planted garden, has identified more than 85 different species of bees--"and counting" uin the haven and nearby Campus Buzzway, a quarter-acre field of wildflowers.

Representing five families, 21 genera, and 36 species, the bees include bumble bees, leafcutter bees, sweat bees, carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and sunflower bees.

Here’s the list of what he’s found from post-planting, October 2009 through July 2010.
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Related links: Grand opening celebration of Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.