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Old 01-11-2017, 06:04 PM   #301
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I'm not surprised. Down here in Florida, the big box stores are selling gardening plants that have boldly marked on their labels that they are treated with chemicals that have long been known to be damaging to bees.

Quite discouraging...
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Just to clarify:

They are required to label them (and state that it is harmful to bees) OR
(much more likely) they proudly state that they have been treated (and no mention is made of the harmful effects of the chemical)?
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Here in Michigan, I've seen them labeled something like this: "Treated to help reduce damage by insects and diseases". Putting a positive spin on it and not mentioning that the treatment is harmful to ALL insects, not just undesirable ones.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:46 PM   #303
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Here in Michigan, I've seen them labeled something like this: "Treated to help reduce damage by insects and diseases". Putting a positive spin on it and not mentioning that the treatment is harmful to ALL insects, not just undesirable ones.
Yes, that is pretty much what is happening here, too. A positive spin is put on the chemical and its efficacy, and they proclaim proudly that the ingredient is included in the mixture. In Massachusetts we have strict state laws about the sale of many pesticides, so I'm rather stunned by the laxity of laws protecting nature and people here.

One good thing: I got my first butterfly in my little pollinator/butterfly garden today. It reminded me of one member here (I forget whom) told me when I was first converting my lawn to meadow. He/she said: Plant them and they will come! Now if I could get some people here in this community to stop spraying for termites (there's no wood in these double wides) and to stop spraying their lawns for weeds...

We're outnumbered!!!!
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Yes, that is pretty much what is happening here, too. A positive spin is put on the chemical and its efficacy, and they proclaim proudly that the ingredient is included in the mixture. In Massachusetts we have strict state laws about the sale of many pesticides, so I'm rather stunned by the laxity of laws protecting nature and people here.

One good thing: I got my first butterfly in my little pollinator/butterfly garden today. It reminded me of one member here (I forget whom) told me when I was first converting my lawn to meadow. He/she said: Plant them and they will come! Now if I could get some people here in this community to stop spraying for termites (there's no wood in these double wides) and to stop spraying their lawns for weeds...

We're outnumbered!!!!
We sure are outnumbered, Jack! As I've said before, my little yard/garden is an island in a sea of chemlawns. Yay for your butterfly!!! See? They find the "good stuff" when we make it available.
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Old 01-14-2017, 12:40 PM   #305
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We sure are outnumbered, Jack! As I've said before, my little yard/garden is an island in a sea of chemlawns. Yay for your butterfly!!! See? They find the "good stuff" when we make it available.
Here's some good news!!!
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/s...pgtype=article
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That is good news.

Now that I'm more active on Facebook than I ever was before, I hope to use social media to help promote awareness.
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Anyone else notice a drop in bees this year? I've only seen a handful all season. I got real excited when one showed up with a reddish brown band soooo after capturing a coupla shots and doing a little search..OK I confess... I just looked at the entire thread!
I found it to be.....Awe shucks.... a Bombus ternarius!

Pretty little fella. Actually it was it's size that first caught my eye.
Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-dsc_2055.jpg
It was quite a bit smaller than most bees
Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-dsc_2057.jpg
Has not one... but 2 bright copper bands so that alone bumped out the affinis.
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:15 PM   #308
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The long cold wet spring in our area was rough on the bees this year. The cold set back their activity level. When they did go on foraging flights there was a scarcity of pollen and nectar available. The long cold period meant that only a few flowers were blooming at any single time.

They have done quite well since then though. About a month ago there may have been a period where there didn't seem like there were many bees, but it was the basswood bloom that drew the bees away from gardens and roadside plants. The basswood bloom lasted 2 - 3 weeks.

Right now the bumble bees are approaching their highest numbers for the season. A new batch of workers are coming out along with the production of males puts a lot of bumble bees into the field. The new batch of queens will be out soon too.

It's a great time to photograph bumble bees!


p.s.: Here's a nice pictorial guide for ID'ing the bumble bees in the eastern US:
http://www.wiatri.net/inventory/BBB/...FieldGuide.pdf
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:32 AM   #309
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Ahhh That's why I wasn't seeing much action till recently. Makes sense to me now
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