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I believe it was around this time last summer that I enjoyed watching a proliferation of bees, butterflies and moths (as well as the odd wasp) flitting from flower to flower in my back garden. This year so far all I have seen is a single wasp, and some midges. Can anyone please explain this absence, and has anyone else observed similar?





No, can't say I have. Whereabouts do you live?

Northwest Greater London suburbs.


Oh, poor you. I used to live in The Smoke. Sorry, can't think why you should be short of fuzzy friends.


Not a lot of honey bees and no blue butterflies but otherwise normal here


We live in Cornwall and have definitely noticed a big reduction in insects, despite growing lots of nectar rich plants. Butterflies are particuarly scarce. Not sure why but it is worrying.

I think the wet winter has had a lot to do with it, my buddleia's are in full flower and the lack of butterflies is marked although the bees seem to be enjoying my penstemons to the full.

Victoria Sponge

I've just started seeing the second wave of butterflies over the last fortnight or so, bees, hover flies, small brown moths, same as last year and loads of those black flies that love flowers whatever they are.

Not seen any wasps since the spring though...

Interesting!. The contrast between last year and this is a little freaky (here) - like some post-apocalyptic scene. Flowers without bees and butterflies seem sad, and naked.

As Winniecat has experienced similar in Cornwall, I think I can safely dismiss the possibility of the urban "Smoke" being the root cause, although the thought did cross my mind. Anyway, smoke should calm the bees, not disperse them!

Like Dave Morgan, I think the wet winter must have something to do with it.


Victoria Sponge

Maybe, and you know it's been milder where I am in the North East than it has been for some years and perhaps that's helped them up here...

Mark 499

I have noticed the opposite in my garden, the whole place is buzzing with life.

Orchid Lady

I've noticed the opposite too and commented to OH the other day how many more bees, butterflies etc there are, even dragonflies today.  Strange isn't it the difference in areas?


We said just the opposite today.  A proliferation of insects.   Butterflies and bees aplenty.

More insects here in Cardiff this year also


@ Orchid Lady. That reminds me; last year I saw three big I thought Amazon was delivering a package to me. No deliveries this year!

Orchid Lady

I've seen two so far, not together so they may well be the same one but it has been in the garden twice, they are beautiful 


We're in Norfolk and we've got loads more insects in the garden this year than last - we've had lots of hoverflies and bumble bees - yesterday I noticed honey bees in the garden, particularly on the hardy geraniums and a real increase in butterflies over the past week or so.  

Lots of damselflies too; no dragonflies in the garden yet but I'm sure it won't be long - we're in a dragonfly hotspot 

Orchid Lady

We don't normally get  dragonflies Dove, I think it's only the second time I've seen them in the garden.  I saw honeybees too, I didn't know the difference until a few years ago  Unfortunately I think we also have more caterpillars, I need ti go on caterpillar hunt later but won't kill them, I put them on the hedge.