Suddenly, bees!

marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern OntarioAugust 28, 2014

People have been mentioning the lack of bees over the past few years, but i hadn't noticed a decline here until this year. Yesterday, while i was working in the front of the house, the sound of buzzing suddenly registered, and i counted six or eight bees working through the hollyhocks. I don't know where they've turned up from, but i was happy to see them!

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

marciaz3, that is great! I had more bees than ever this year, especially leaf cutters and bumble bees. Morden Sunrise was a favourite for them to cut into and it hasn't recovered yet. I fear due to them and a little rust it may not have the 'stuff' to make the winter.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 11:43AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I don't think we have leaf cutters here - never noticed anything like this. These are just the normal little fuzzy bees. We've had bumblebees here too but haven't seen any this year.

My question is why do the bees like so much the plants that drive me crazy?? Filipendula, centaurea, cranesbills - the bees love them but i don't!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 12:11PM
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donna_in_sask

There's no shortage of bees in my garden; I have a wide diversity of plantings...I saw one that was about triple the size of a normal bee...just about went to grab the camera to take a picture. I didn't think bees could get that big.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 12:56PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Leaf cutters are kinda cool. They only went after 'Morden Sunrise' and my 'Bella Anna' Hydrangea although not much on the latter. At one point you could barely find an undamaged leaf on the rose. Next year I must take pictures.

Lol on the bees choosing those plants. They love the marigolds here.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 1:07PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I love bees, I have tons and I do everything I can for them. The city sprayed with malathion once this summer for mosquitoes and they do it at night when bees aren't supposed to be flying, but I found a dead bumblebee lying underneath my bee balm right next to the back lane a couple of days later. :(

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 1:09PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Bees might not be active at night but i've seen them sleeping on flowers so they're around. I can really understand getting rid of mosquitoes, but i wish there was a better way.

This post was edited by marciaz3 on Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 13:33

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 1:30PM
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donna_in_sask

northspruce,

Strange that your city in Manitoba still sprays for mosquitoes...the city of Saskatoon hasn't sprayed for years...they do have a larvicide program for the ditches though.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 2:11PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Yeah I have several guests that seem to sleep on their favourite flower every night.

I know I will pay for this comment but I have not seen any bad bugs, other than slugs, this year...No aphids, spider mites and just a very small amount of metallic flea's. Also a very low yellow jacket population......so strange for here.

I am building bee boxes for leaf cutters today to try and encourage more.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 2:26PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

I, believe, this is the same as the one I seen cutting a leaf. I am going to have to get better at ID's on bees.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 4:45PM
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twrosz

SCG, that looks an awful lot like a hover fly, a very beneficial insect at that!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 7:05PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Twrosz, it does. I couldn't get the lighting right on the back for a picture. Looks like a honey bee but darker. It also couldn't fly backwards.

I would love to be educated as I am new to the bug scene.

Thanks again.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 7:54PM
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beegood_gw

I have a bee hive in my yard so no shortage of bees here. It's those yellowjackets that or always in attack mode.Lots of Bumblebees in the Hollyhocks .And Mason bees as well.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 8:28AM
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beegood_gw

I have a bee hive in my yard so no shortage of bees here. It's those yellowjackets that or always in attack mode.Lots of Bumblebees in the Hollyhocks .And Mason bees as well.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 8:30AM
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