Posted: 28/05/2013 at 22:42
I know it has been a hot topic recently in the press and with wildlife associations, but I have noticed a distinct lack of bees this year. Our front lawn is filled with self-set aconites which bloom yellow in spring, followed by another flower which is blue in late spring. As normal the early spring flowers attracted bumble bees, but I started to find them crawling in the grass trying to fly, but not able to take off. All they could manage was a weak whir of the wings that took them no where. The following day they would be dead on their sides in the grass. I have found similar bee behaviour followed by dead bees in my back garden, always the bumble bee. I have a geum phaem that attracted bees galore last year, but have not seen one on it this year. The aquilegia has only been visited by two lone bumble bees, who have obviously gone mad for it's pollen. Without going in to all my flowers, the garden is blooming at the moment but there is a distinct lack of buzz. In fact there are not the hoverflies I had last year either. It is quite erie, the garden is in bloom, but their is a distinct lack of vibration, a distinct lack of flying life. I am a completely organinc gardener, have never used chemicals on anything, so I am sure I am not killing them off. The only bees I have seen are a few solitary and mason who have kindly pollinated my strawberries. I just wondered if anyone else out there has noticed a lack of buzz in their gardens?