Did you know? Forager bees will fly about 500 miles before their wings wear out and they die. PBS Nature
For those of you who’ve been following our urban bee saga (Checking Bee Traps), late last night a friend of ours dropped off a feral colony he had caught. (Thanks, Janice, for the tip and, David, for picking them up.)
Every weekend the girls check the bee traps that we scattered throughout the lower Arroyo Seco. So far, no luck. Even the massive wild colony in the old sycamore is no more. With the onset of this serious “winter kill,” we were happy, indeed, to get a hold of this wild colony.
We’ve been hearing that it was a bad winter for local urban bees. Hives are dying or disappearing. There has been lots of speculation as to what’s causing the bees to disappear. (Silent Spring) Of course, after 30 years of keeping bees (10 of which have been in an urban environment), our hives disappearance has left us scratching our heads.
It’s good to see bees back on the ‘stead! Hope they are here to stay!
The mysterious vanishing act has decimated approx. 40% of North America’s bee population. – Why Are Bees Dying?