There is a definite shortage of honeybees this summer. Several people I know are complaining, for example, that their zucchini are flowering but not setting fruit. Last year, for a similar reason, we had problems with cucumbers.
What I am seeing a lot of this year is bumblebees. I did a little search online, and found an article discussing the role of bumblebees as pollinators in New York City community gardens. So perhaps all these bumblebees are trying to pick up where our honeybees have failed - for reasons we still don't fully understand. And it isn't just us-bee decline is hitting other parts of the world, such as the United Kingdom.
But, I can be encouraged by all the bumblebees I've seen recently. Here are some pictures taken in the last few days-on ornamentals, for the most part, but still. To paraphrase one of my favorite commercials "Roll that beautiful bee footage".
Bee on an echinacea plant on the West side of Binghamton, New York.
But where are the honeybees? I think I found one - or at least a bee that wasn't a bumblebee. I'm the first to admit I'm no expert on bees, as much as I love gardening, and as much as I depend on them.
And with this post, I end another Ultimate Blog Challenge. I'm also proud to say I completed Camp NaNoWriMo, and added another 10,000 words to my memoir - although most of it wasn't the "chicken memoir" part of my life.
Have you seen the decline in honeybees in your area? And, were you aware that bumblebees are in decline, too?