mrsg47(7)July 9, 2012

Ok the summer season has been hot, the winter warm and spring was warm as well (except for a few days of unexpected freeze). I have tons of bumblebees this summer and mason bees. I have not seen a single honey bee as of yet and it is July. My lavender plants which they all love are a mininimum of three to four feet in diameter. Where are they? Mrs. G

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If you have Bumblebees I wouldnt worry about not seeing honey bees. Bumbles are superior pollinators due to all the fine hairs across their body that help carry pollen.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 2:05PM
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I was just thinking of posting re bees. I just watched a leaf cutter bee take that half circle out of a leaf. They are fast cutters. The flight physics must not have been to good he crashed after take off. Left his leaf piece and came back to cut another one.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:19PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Yeah, bee happy with the bumble bees. I am happy to report that we have plenty of honey bees working over our melon plants and the clover in everyones yard. I have almost given up hand pollinating. The bees are doing a better job. Actually, my 5 yo son got stung by one 2 days ago. He must have stepped on it.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 9:46PM
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Thanks all, sorry about the bee sting Ed. I think its a childhood right of passage. I'll be happy with my bumbles. I just like the sight of honey bees in the garden. I am so afraid my tree spraying is affecting them.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 11:42PM
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Here in Madison, Wisconsin, I am growing both blueberries and various native flowers in our yard. We have both bumblebees and honeybees in considerable numbers. Keeping honeybees has turned into a popular hobby around here, so that might contribute to the numbers.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 5:39PM
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