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Where are the bees?

After the reported mass die off of flying insects last year, I realised with all the flowers in bloom and the apple tree which was usually full of bees at this time of year, there have been hardly any bees. Anybody else noticed how few bees there are this year?
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Old 24.04.2018, 06:57
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Re: Where are the bees?

Haven´t seen any in the garden yet (just butterflies) but hope they will come as soon as things start to bloom. Planted some stuff especially to attract them
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Re: Where are the bees?

We have them in our garden, near Nyon. Quite a few wasps by the pond, as usual.
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Re: Where are the bees?

I have only see wasps so far.

could it be because it was winter only 3 weeks ago and they still need to become active?
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Re: Where are the bees?

Plenty in my garden, both bumble and honey bees.

Mosquitoes have also started to show up after last week's warm weather should be some sort of spraying programme to kill them off.
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Old 24.04.2018, 08:12
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Re: Where are the bees?

Don't know about out there in Zürichland but here in the east the prolonged Föhn we had for nearly 2 weeks recently really caused them problems. Nice and warm so they all woke up but long-term winds too strong for them to fly (or if they did, they couldn't fly back to their hive again).
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should be some sort of spraying programme to kill them off.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2.../#48c82d4011f6

You may be pleased to know that while most mosquitos don't suck blood...

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As you noticed, there are no keystone species in mosquitoes. No ecosystem depends on any mosquito to the point that it would collapse if they were to disappear. An exception may be the Arctic, but the species there are non-vectors and thus can be left alone.
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You may be pleased to know that while most mosquitos don't suck blood...
Of course the sprays that kill mossies also kill other insects.....
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Re: Where are the bees?

In Zürich seems to be very few at the moment, would have liked my fruit trees pollinated! The apple blooms are already dropping. I hope it's just the prolonged winter, but I am a bit worried it's related to the article I posted.
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Plenty in my garden, both bumble and honey bees.

Mosquitoes have also started to show up after last week's warm weather should be some sort of spraying programme to kill them off.
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Top tip, stick a metal spoon in a cup of hot water (not too hot to scald) then apply the back of the spoon to the bite area, the heat breaks down the proteins that cause the itch.
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Re: Where are the bees?

Check out hives. Ones round us busy and buzzing...
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Re: Where are the bees?

There are plenty in our garden at the moment.
Also the cat came home with a tick last week for the first time ever so they’re active now too.
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There are plenty in our garden at the moment.
Also the cat came home with a tick last week for the first time ever so they’re active now too.
Yes ticks are about a month later than last year...
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After the reported mass die off of flying insects last year, I realised with all the flowers in bloom and the apple tree which was usually full of bees at this time of year, there have been hardly any bees. Anybody else noticed how few bees there are this year?
I've noticed this too, in Basel. I saw a bumble bee a few weeks ago but since then nothing. My blueberry blooms are dropping already so I guess I'll get none this year.
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Re: Where are the bees?

Our acer trees are buzzing with bees as usual, and there are plenty of wasps and hornets around.

I don't think they're out in full numbers yet, but it is only April - it just feels like July!
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Old 24.04.2018, 16:29
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Re: Where are the bees?

True, no bees yet. We had a wasp family trying to settle down in the wall cladding which had to be redirected (they took it in stride).
But I've had more bumble bees visiting in the past three weeks than I saw a all summer last year, which made me wonder what's up.

I did see a couple of ants running along the rim of the pot of petunias and I sure hope they are not plannning to settle their flock of aphids on them as they did on the roses last year.

As to mosquito bites, there is a very old fashioned thing available, it's called "parapic". It's a roll-on thing and it works wonders if you use it shortly after you get bitten. It quickly stops the itch and the bites don't swell up like crazy anymore. As I'm the highly allergic one I dare to say: If it works for me, it should work for anyone.
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Re: Where are the bees?

I think it's gotten too warm, too quickly. Trees are in full bloom but the insects aren't ready yet as there was no "warm up" phase.

Bees (those that live in hives) don't switch to action mode until it's around 10°C. That temperature level wasn't reached until well into April this year vs mid-March last year. Apparently this can happen as early as February.
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Re: Where are the bees?

We got a home for wild bees from http://wildbieneundpartner.ch/

these chaps, which we put up 2 weeks ago - its nearly fully populated already (we live in Vaud, Jura foothills) . Great to see them all going about their business - the deal there is you send it back to them when fully laden with baby bees etc, they clean away parasites and release the baby bees into the wild in spring time, and you start again!
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We got a home for wild bees from http://wildbieneundpartner.ch/

these chaps, which we put up 2 weeks ago - its nearly fully populated already (we live in Vaud, Jura foothills) . Great to see them all going about their business - the deal there is you send it back to them when fully laden with baby bees etc, they clean away parasites and release the baby bees into the wild in spring time, and you start again!
Yes, have one of those as well, hope it will be used
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We got a home for wild bees from http://wildbieneundpartner.ch/

these chaps, which we put up 2 weeks ago - its nearly fully populated already (we live in Vaud, Jura foothills) . Great to see them all going about their business - the deal there is you send it back to them when fully laden with baby bees etc, they clean away parasites and release the baby bees into the wild in spring time, and you start again!
I just ordered one I hope that they thrive, there are lots of flowers in my yard.
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