jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)June 1, 2009

Has anyone else noticed there are no bees this year? My apples, crabapples and plums are in full bloom. Usually there are so many bees in them you can hear the hum. This year, there is no hum, and I have a hard time finding more than a handfull of bees.

This concerns me!

Jenny P

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leftwood(z4a MN)

Honey bees have been pretty much void around my house for a few years already. On the upside, I have been seeing more bumble bees than "normal". And already I've seen several yellow jacket type bees that I usually don't see until much later Not an upside).

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 7:05PM
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selkie_b(z4 MN)

LOTS of bumbles and little wild bees here. I'm keeping my eyes open though for the honey bees I should be getting from the UofM hives. The like to travel to my gardens when thing start blooming. They call it "bee balm" for a reason!


    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:10AM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

I've seen a few here, but it's been cooler then usual and I think the insect population in general is down here. At least so far...

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 11:12AM
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An awful virus has struck bees world-wide. That's one of the problems - but they don't think that's entirely it. Definitely worth being concerned about!

I've been letting two perennial oreganos go wild in my garden just for the bees - that and my mother of thyme are always completely and totally covered in bees once they start blooming. I don't even harvest those ones anymore - I figure the bees seem to need them more than I do. :)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 3:59PM
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jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)

I do have more in the last couple days, maybe because it warmed up. I have a HUGE flowering crab that is normally covered in bees when it blooms. And I am not talking honey bees, but some bumble bees mostly native bees though. This was the first years it was thick with them. Which is what I noticed.

Jenny P

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 4:58PM
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Plenty around here in Welch and Mississippi river bottoms. I'd say we have more this year than in recent years. We've had more blooms though to. Going to be a bumper crop of wild plums and raspberries, etc this year.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 10:27AM
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