The dandelions are in bloom. Where are the bees?
I worry about the bees disappearing. We have apple trees in bloom, but without our pollinators, we won’t get apples. It’s one of the reasons we don’t spray for dandelions—the emerging bees first food. And I let some of the bees favorite foods alone–like my Nepeta Walker’s Low, which is always crowded with bees.
This time last year, our dandies were covered in bees. Had to be careful where we stepped to avoid squashing a bee—or being stung.
This year, searching for bees, all I found was the one you see in the photo. Why?
The reason must be our cold spring. Bees don’t “work” when the temperature is below 57 F, and the daytime highs in March and most of April have been below 55F. Too cold for bees.
I found this bee last Saturday, a day when the temperature reached closed to 80. Hopefully, they’re not gone. They’re just waiting till it warms up.
For interesting information about pesticides and bees, check out this article from the Kansas State Research and Extension.
With bees disappearing, the one thing we all can do is stop spraying our lawns. Please.