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Rural Gardening: No Bees!

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Coushatta, LA

March 10, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8419149

All my fruit trees are in full bloom and so are a lot of spring flowers but no bees! Does colony colapse affect wild bees to?
Tucson, AZ

March 11, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8420450

I noticed the same thing here in Tucson, trees are blooming but I havent seen a bee yet.
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

March 11, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8420511

Maybe what you are are not truly wild bees. They may be ones from comercial hives that are brought in for comercial crops and they haven't brought them out yet. Look closely, you may have other kinds of bees polinating for you. They are frequently tiny and we don't notice them.
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8420991

I think the insects took a bigger hit from that wacky cold snap than the plants did.
Annapolis, MD

March 12, 2011
12:28 AM

Post #8421680

you can always buy bees from a company that sells beneficial insects.
Tucson, AZ

March 12, 2011
5:40 AM

Post #8421855

I noticed before the cold that hit the northeast we had plenty of bees buzzing around, but other than yesterday at the nursery, I havent seen any since then.
Coushatta, LA

March 13, 2011
6:02 AM

Post #8423729

I noticed a few honey bees yesterday but not many. I did see alot of native bees though.They are very fast and small.They and many other ones plus bumble bees were the only bees in north america before the honey bee was introduced.I wonder how to encourge native bees to come around my gardens? Would be agreat project.

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