Bees of the Haven

This page features a selection of bees commonly seen in the Haven. All photos were taken in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven by Christine Casey unless otherwise indicated. All photos are copyrighted by the Regents of the University of California and may be used with credit. For a complete set of photos from the garden, including bee species and host plant information, please go to our Flickr page.

A complete list of all bee species observed in the Haven between 2009 and 2015 is here. This includes bees caught in pan traps and blue vane traps as well as bees observed on plants. All observations and identifications were made by Robbin Thorp.

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Honey bees

Honey bee on golden currant with heavy pollen load

Honey bee, Apis mellifera, on golden currant, Ribes aureum, with heavy pollen load

Honey bee on ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'

Honey bee, Apis mellifera, with a full pollen load on ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’.

Honey bee robbing nectar from scarlet bugler Honey bee on white zinnia

Carpenter bees
Male mountain carpenter bee on lamb's ear
Male valley carpenter bee on Brandegee's sage Female valley carpenter bee on Cleveland sage

Bumble bees
Bombus californicus on lupine Bombus californicus worker

Sweat bees
Sweat bee on Cleveland sage Sweat bee on sunflower
Sweat bee on Shasta daisy Halictus ligatus on hairy sunflower

Sunflower bees

Svastra obliqua male bees on Madia elegans

Part of a Svastra obliqua male bee sleeping aggregation on tarweed, Madia elegans. Notice how they use their mandibles (mouthparts) to clasp the stem. This photo was taken in a private garden in Woodland, CA.

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