Bee Mural Legend at Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
This is the bee mural on the shed in Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The numbers lettered on the photo match the legend below, with annotations by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis. Click to enlarge without the numbers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
1. Honey bee, Apis melliferaby Bryce Sullivan
Our most important managed pollinator of agricultural crops
2. Comparison of pollination efficiency between the Blue Orchard bee,Osmia lignaria propinaua, the Blue Orchard Bee (BOB), and honey bee, Apis melliferaby Maxx Becker
Female BOB are often more effective pollinators than honey bees individually, but managed honey bees can be supplied in greater numbers.
3. Andrena sp. by Chris Wong
A solitary mining bee
4. Bumble bee, Bombus sp. by Laura Chu
Female buzz-pollinating a tomato flower.
5. Squash bees, Peponapis pruinosa. by Madel Soriano
6. Melissodes sp. by Jessa Faustino
Female collecting pollen, sleeping males on right. Note long antennae of male – the reason these bees are called long-horn bees.
7. Leafcutting bee female, Megachile sp. by Jamie Nakatani
8. Blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria propinqua (BOB) by Jennifer Tso
9. Bumble bee, Bombus sp. by Robyn Burnett
10. Honey bee, Apis melliferaby Cassie Buckingham
Note large pollen load on hind leg pollen basket
11. Green sweat bee, Agapostemon sp. by Safa Rashid
(Since this female is green, annotator Thorp changed the name from Halictus, which are usually black with white stripes on the abdomen)
12. Carpenter bee, Xylocopa sp. by Victor Lor
Female making a nest by tunneling into wood.
13. Small carpenter bee, Ceratina sp. by Caitlyn Jones
Note: includes nest she constructs by hollowing out pithy stems, using some of the chewed up pith to partition her brood chambers
14. Leaf cutter bee, Megachile sp. by Andrew Yip
Female carrying leaf piece back to her nest tube to make brood chambers, nest below with larvae in thimble-like leaf brood chambers
15. Wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatumby Christine Chen
Female scraping hairs off leaf to be used to make her brood chambers in some hollow tube
16. Sweat bee, Lasioglossum sp. by Drew Malin
Called sweat bees because they often alight on one’s skin to lap up perspiration for moisture and salts.
17. Green sweat bee, Agapostemon sp. by Anthony Ngo
A male, probably A. texanus, our local species
18. Cuckoo sweat bee, Sphecodes sp. by Andrew Robello
Female cuckoo at nest entrance waiting for host sweat bee to leave so she can enter and deposit her egg in the hosts brood chamber.
19. Honey bee, Apis mellifera, by Kiele Argente
20. Cleptoparasitic bee, Triepeolus sp. by Bao Nguyen
A cuckoo bee in the digger bee family
21. Leafcutting bee, Megachile sp. by Brandon Brotoatmodjo
Female cutting leaf piece for her nest construction
22. Bee vision in UV spectrum by Kevin Taylor
Bees vision includes the near ultraviolet, which is invisible to our eye
The Artists: Lying in front is Maxx Becker. The group on the left side (front row, left to right): Jamie Nakatani, Safa Rashid, and Andrew Yip; (middle row) Jennifer Tso, Brandon Brotoatmodjo and Anthony Ngo; (back row) Victor Lor, Caitlyn Jones, Bao Nguyen and Bryce Sullivan. The group on the right side (front row, left to right): instructor Sarah Dalrymple, Chris Wong and Kiele Argente (middle row) Jessa Faustino, Madel Soriano, Christine Chen and Robyn Burnett; and (back row) Cassy Buckingham, Drew Malin, Laura Chu and Andrew Robello. Click to enlarge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology