The fruit tree bloom is over. The Dandelions are about done blooming. The Caragana, Lilac, and Honeysuckle are blooming. And Yellow Sweet Clover blosoms are appearing. Here’s what I’ve seen so far in the way of bees:
- 4 honeybees
- 0 mason bees
- 1 bumblebee more than 30 miles from the nearest beeyard
- 3 wasps
- a dozen flies
- a half dozen small pollinators on some spirea
So, I haven’t set out any swarm traps. And my beekeeping plans are in tatters. No bees for this year.
And that’s probably a good thing. After reading Randy Oliver’s Sick Bees Conclusion, it may be awhile before beekeeping is routinely possible here.
As these viruses impact both honeybees and wild pollinators, I’m going to wait until the wild bee population begin to recover before filling stocking my equipment.
I haven’t seen any bees. But there are truckloads of singles headed for the Dakotas. I’ve never them so late in the season. It’s an ominous sign, as those singles were probably deadouts hopefully filled with splits, truck loads of hope? I hope so!
But there’s another possibility, a dark one. Maybe theys are diesel propelled virus reservoirs, spreading death and destruction. I sure hope not!
The truth is probably somewhere in between.
What a mess we’ve gotten into! Our consumptive ways, combined with population pressures, have put our food and water sources in jeopardy.
Is there enough time and space remaining to go natural? I suspect that if we don’t learn to fit in with nature, we simply won’t fit in.
Life will continue. It will fill the void that we left. And the age of homo sapiens will be over.