Last month some friends and I drove up to the UC Davis Research Lab for a special program about CCD and so the DAR could present a check to UC Davis to help with their research. The program was followed by a tour of the Haagen-Daz Honey Bee Haven which is a bee friendly garden where we could learn how to plant our own bee friendly gardens, and observed many species of bees.
The photo I took at the top of this post is a honey bee, but below I captured a carpenter bee in flight ~ they are large, black and glossy:
We learned so much from these little signs posted throughout the gardens, but there were also well-informed scientists with displays to explain things as well:
A colony of live bees on display in the science building:
Beekeepers checking out some hives:
The picture below didn't turn out well as it was taken of a glossy poster on display ~
all I can say is no bee beard for me!