October 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm #257945
Haven’t been on here for ages , the reasons for which I won’t bore you all. Am just getting back into my garden and have noticed not one single bee about. Not in any of the places where they’d usually be in their thousands- like in the pecan and the lavender. Just wondering g if any one else is experiencing the same thing. ?
Hope to catch up with some old faces as well as some new. Cheers. Sue.October 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm #534039
Certainly loads of them here (NE Vic). We have a couple of trees that have a very insignificant flower, but the noise of the bees within them is amazing. I think they’re probably native bees (we’re a long way from anyone who has hives, I think) and they’re rather small, but NOISY!October 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm #534040
We had small hive beetle come to our area the other year, since then most honey bees have gone. Prior to the beetle we had dozens of feral hives in our trees, now only one remains. That last feral hive is now super aggressive.
When we moved here I did have hopes of getting a hive bees going so that we could get some honey, but none of the bee keepers in the area have been willing to sell bees as many of their hives have been lost. Unfortunately we had spent money on a top bar hive before I knew this.
We don’t have any issues with pollination so far as we have plenty of native bees, tachinid flies, wasps, ants etc all of which do as good or better job of pollinating most plants than the honey bees did.
The local environment is certainly better off without honey bees, and we are still getting good pollination, so I guess it isn’t all bad.October 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm #534041
That’s interesting that you should say that Mukluk. Cos we were wondering if now that they’re not around other pollen hungry native critters might get a go. Would love to encourage the little native bees and one year our radishes went to seed and we had millions of them. Might plant some more and let them flower.October 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm #534042
I hadnt seen any for ages then let my thai basil go to seed and they where everywhere.October 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm #534043
Interesting, watched Vanishing of the Bees on Friday night (courtesy of Kitchen Gardens SA at the Botanic Gardens). Great event, but very scary to think what’s going on around us…October 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm #534044
yep all over the place here, in my lavender out the front and all the vegies that went to seed down the back.October 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm #534045
Well hello there Sue, loooong time no see :hug:
The bees are all down at my place, 14 hives now and counting. Our little pocket down here is still (touch wood) hive beetle free. Would love to catch up on your news.
Lizzie :wave:October 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm #534046
Not sure about the honey bees but I might have stolen the natives.
I planted some coriander and let it go to flower (unintentionally), but once I saw the number and how many different bees and flies and the like were buzzing around it, I couldnt possibly pull it out.
Then the same thing happened with my rocket, it ends up a bit messy, but love seeing those little bees hovering around the place.October 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm #534047
I’ve got a few bees around here but I know where there are more…. in BlueWren’s weatherboard house she was saying there are a few holes and she can see bees going in and out and the walls are a buzzingNovember 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm #534048
What I have noticed these last few days is many more blue banded bees about. I’m wondering if this is due to the absence of the honey bees. Interesting !!November 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm #534049
I’ve noticed it.
I have a passionfruit that flowers like crazy and yet I get no fruit.
I have to hand pollinate my pumpkins.
I’m thinking I’m going to have to plant some blue flowers and buy a hive of native bees. Not for the honey but for pollination.November 10, 2013 at 1:40 am #534050
We have oodles of bees here all year round, we are lucky to have lots of grevilleas and other natives that flower constantly plus veg we let go to seed as other folk have mentioned.
We also have a hive in what started out to be a native garden area but which has evolved into a food forest. P’raps that has something to do with our ‘oodles’ of bees. 😛
It’s worth a mention I think, to say that if folk put the area where they live (or at least the State) under their avatar, it really helps when talking about this type of subject.
And of course I know that is a personal choice and I would defend anyone’s right to make that choice. 🙂
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