There is a distinct shortage of bees here, and I have only seen one or two butterflies. I had loads of flowers on the runner beans but no bees to pollinate, so only a couple of beans. My daughter who has a large vegetable plot said the same. Is it the same in France? Is it due to the heat and drought?
Yes we here in France have noticed that there are not so many bees this year. At the moment insecticides are still being used as far as I am aware. It will be too late when there are very few bees which at the moment seems to be the case. No pollination equals less food.
Having spoken to a local Beekeeper, there are several reasons for the decline. Insecticide, obviously, lack of habitate in places. Hornets which bite the heads off the bees as they emerge or return to the hives.
The price to buy a swarm has increased enormously, which makes me wonder why I have never heard of a bee farm?
Perhaps farmers subsidies could be linked to the number of hives they have. Maybe farmers could have bee co-operatives where maybe one or two people look after the hives on several farms. It sounds like a win win. as Jivedance said the more bees the more crop and therefore more money for the farmer in the crop, in honey, beeswax and even selling colonies.
Hives could be situated on set aside land or headlands so as not to take land from the crops.
Must admit, since I put in the small waterfall system at our place, the place has become the local watering hole for every insect, bird and amphibian. Sat here right now, watching a couple of dragonflies at the bar.
They certainly are attracted by the lavender.
Fortunately no wasps or hornets this year – touch a big piece of wood.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>No, they’re not at all aggressive & very pretty, a bit noisy but beautiful to see. They don’t do major damage to property and leave after the summer, you could then fill holes to prevent water damage etc if you’re concerned. Just sit a bit further away and enjoy them while they’re there, they probably won’t come to the same site next year.</p>
Weird goings on Bonjour for sure. I still have only seen one red admiral and one peacock butterfly of the larger variety, otherwise, all small ones and still only the small wasps.
The flowers of the buddleia are dying off too quickly too – lack of water and too much heat
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