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Trevor Crossman 111/07/2018 21:51:43
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We have about a half acre garden surrounding our rural home and apart from the vegetable patch it is planted with stuff that attracts pollinators to counter the effects of agri-business farming of the surrounding fields. Summertime was usually full of bumbles and butterflies, but over the past few years we have noticed a steady decline in the insect population, and this year there are very few wild bees and hardly any butterflies or moths, not doubt due in part to the erratic Spring weather, but mostly due to sprayed pesticides.

So I would urge all those who are bothered about a few bees 'lodging' in their house to leave them alone unless you are highly allergic to bee venom and likely to suffer anaphylactic shock. Wasps are pollinators too and do no harm if you leave them alone, the largest wasp nest ever in our roof was about 22" diameter so it must have had quite a few occupants, and yet in 22 years of living here, only one of us has been stung once.

No pollinators--no crops--no food---not much of a life!

Trevor

Mike Poole11/07/2018 22:13:11
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She appears to be a solitary lodger at the moment, I was alerted to her presence by a rustling noise in my ceiling which I first thought was birds on the roof. I would prefer that her offspring find somewhere else to live but at the moment it is not a problem. I will seal the uninhabited sections and hope they vacate their current lodging. Will they leave home in the spring? Or do they just make their own holes next to mums?

Mike

Clive Hartland11/07/2018 22:56:03
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This year is a disaster year for beekeepers, personally I have lost 3 hives over the winter and sub zero conditions. Then, the wet weather and windy days the bees did not develop at all and only in the last few weeks have started to develop brood in the hive. There is a period of the year when there is no blossom and it is called the, 'June drop' when there is no nectar flow. Further to this I have had conversations with beekeepers talking about getting nectar from trees that flower. Only 20% of trees give nectar and the rest are wind pollinated.

Meanwhile the beekeepers that come into the bee shop tell us of swarms and dying hives with no Queen and in general, losses. The delay in development also means late swarms and then Drones are evicted from the hives so a Virgin Queen cannot mate the number of times needed (12 to 15)

I too, have noticed a very big drop in the number of insects about, butterflies and Moths Hoverflies also. I live adjacent to arable fields and they seem to spray every week for something. What I have noticed is lots of Flies?

Clive

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