Peach trees without the bees

sara_in_phillyApril 17, 2013

My peach trees has been in full bloom for days now, but I hardly see any bees, almost none. Besides the peach trees, I also have two flowering cherry trees nearby in full bloom, no bees on them neither.

I remember in the past, whenever there are flowers there will be tons of bumble bees buzzing around.

Can the peach trees bear fruits without bees pollinating them? Can human help somehow?

Anyone in my neck of the wood has the same problem?

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Bradybb(wa8)

Yes, Peach trees are usually pollinated by the wind. Brady

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:21AM
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sara_in_philly

Thank you Bradybb! I feel so much better now.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 11:20AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

There are bees out there. You may have been looking when it was too windy or too late or whatever. I have several years thought the bees didn't make it through winter, but then a few days later I am out and its swarming bees.

Check out the picture of this odd bee I saw a few days ago, it looks like a hummingbird with a long beak thing.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:09PM
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RobThomas

Lots of other insects pollinate plants, and you don't always see them doing it.

Scott, I think that is actually a moth. I believe they are called by different names, but I always called them a "Bumblebee Moth".

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:38PM
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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

Honeybees won't come out in cool or windy weather. Look for other insects, too.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 3:12PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

I think that's a Hummingbird Moth. Brady

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 4:12PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Yup not a bee a moth. I'd seen similar bugs before but this one had very bee-like abdomen markings so I thought bee. I'm happy to have it, it was doing a great job pollinating my plum.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 4:20PM
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beetle_doc

Bee fly, family Bombyliidae

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 4:53PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

Now that I look at other pictures,it does look like a Bee fly,Bombylius major.Thanks beetle_doc. Brady

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 12:38AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Its a bee .. its a moth .. its Superfly!!

Thats definitely it, looks identical. Apparently they parasitize bee nests and so are genetically engineered to fool bees into thinking they are bees so they can get close. Sure fooled me.

On the general topic of odd pollinators I find a huge array of odd flying bugs doing pollination duty in my orchard. Every year I find some new kind of bug, this guy was my find for this year.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 8:44AM
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sara_in_philly

Gosh, look at that long beaky thing! I googled bee fly, it's a kind of fly and that long thing is a tongue?! Learn something new everyday!

I saw a few bees flying yesterday afternoon, but it's raining today:-(

I hope whatever is out there, bees,flies, moth or wind, will be enough to pollinate my peach trees!

Thank you all for all the answers!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 1:37PM
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TheTradition(9b)

I bet other bugs and critters leave it alone because it looks like a bee!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 2:01PM
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