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  • Capital District - Are we missing bees?

    There are only carpenter bees around my house. Are we missing bees or am I crazy.

    I live in Halfmoon near Farm to Market and Cary Rd.
    Leave No Trace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXO1uY0MvmQ
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  • #2
    I've been walking around Albany Rural Cemetery every day for the last 6 weeks and noticed a lack of bees. I've seen one hornet in that time and come across just a few bumblebees each day. It seems when I was a kid in the 70's you couldn't walk 10 feet without running into a bee. Now I walk miles and barely see any.

    Article from Smithsonian Magazine... https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart...-us-180962268/

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    • Bunchberry
      Bunchberry commented
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      So I am not crazy.

  • #3
    We definitely have less bees, hornets and wasps than say even 5 years ago but this year I have seen more honeybees than I did the last two years when I saw less than a dozen!
    We have Rhododendrons that would be absolutely covered with all those mentioned but not anymore.
    Diseases and insecticides are taking their toll big time.

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    • Bunchberry
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      Well at least it is not a complete bee meltdown.

  • #4
    The bee quarantine ends with phase VI.

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    • Bunchberry
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      Well that explains it!

  • #5
    They're all at my house. Come and get them. They've overstayed their welcome.
    My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.

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