Post # 1
As you may or may not know – we are extremely dependent upon bees for pollination for most of our veggies and fruits. As a biologist, I could not help but notice that I have NOT seen any honey bees this summer. I have been doing a survey of everyone I know as to whether they have seen any bees.
SO how about where you live? Have you seen any bees? I am NOT referring to “wood” bees, yellow jackets or wasps.
Post # 3
I’m in Ontario, Canada and our weather has been unusually wet and cold for this time of year. Only now has it been really warming up. With so much rain I think it might be keeping the honey bees away, but I haven’t really seen them. I have seen ALOT of wasps and hornets lately which I HATE… they scare the crap out of me!
Post # 4
Yes, but people actively farm honey bees here (it’s a Berkeley hippie thing). Not sure that urban bee farming is the most brilliant idea, given how many people are allergic, and how dense the population is here, but kudos to them for keeping the bees alive!
Post # 5
I’m used to living further out of an urban area, but I have been seeing honeybees here and there in the Twin cities.
Post # 6
I haven’t but I don’t usually see any honey bees…
Post # 7
There were more than normal . . . IN MY APARTMENT . . . for a couple days. The complex had two full hives, one of which was IN MY APARTMENT, so they had to have beekeepers come out twice to move them (and put me up in their model, because BEES). Guess they’re doing okay in my area, if my experience is typical.
Post # 8
I was just out in the field the other day (wildlife biologist), and I remember seeing lots of honeybees on the flowering plants. I rarely if ever see them in town, and that seems to be true this year as well.
Post # 9
@Phamnomenon: I live in rural suburbia and I am seeing NONE. I am very concerned and I am glad I created this poll because I am relieved to see there are still bees somewhere!
Post # 10
Not a ton Here in sonoma county. I have seen some, just my as many happy bees as usual.
I did see more earlier in the season and I did have one on my hand yesterday!
I love honey bees!!!
Post # 11
@trueblue14: There are still plenty where I live in NJ (at least in my area!)
Post # 12
I’ve never noticed honey bees. I dont even know what they look like compared to other bees, wasps, etc. I swear I run from all of them so I dont even get close enough. LOL
Post # 13
I live in a Boston suburb, and I haven’t seen any! But I also didn’t see any last year!
Post # 14
I see a lot, but then, I plant a lot of pollinator attracting plants.
Post # 15
I have three acres and I deliberately incorporated clover for the bees. I haven’t seen a single one and usually by this time of year I have to wear shoes to avoid being stung. Unfortunately people will not realize the value of bees until they are gone. Pesticides are doing them in, including the pesticides genetically inserted into our food. There is also a fungal disease and mites that are making their numbers decrease. There numbers have been decreasing for a while but this is the first year I haven’t seen any.
Post # 16
@trueblue14: I’m also in Jersey and haven’t seen as many honey bees this year. My flowers don’t seem to be affected though. They’re still blooming nicely. Maybe they’re around but hiding from me?