Thursday, February 22, 2007

Neodypsis decaryi and Loud Bees

I have been reading that bees on the mainland are in distress and dying off. I do not know if that is true here as well. I do know that when certain plants are in bloom the number of bees attracted to them are enough to create an audible buzz from their wings.

Be sure to turn up the volume.


Annie in Austin said...

The stories are pretty scary - I hope it doesn't become widespread.
Last year my Cupheas were like your plant, completely covered in tiny, loud bees. I could hear it from the doorway.


Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

I was thinking if our bees in Hawaii are still ok, scientists should look at them for comparison to see if they can figure out what the problem is.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

Hey -- you've got bees! I haven't read or heard any updates... Do you know if the bees ever showed up anywhere on the mainland? We wouldn't be seeing them yet up here in the Northeast -- it's still too cold.

After all those Arctic deep freeze weeks we went through here, our current overnight low temperatures in the 20's actually feel balmy.

A.V. Michaels said...

I just talked to my neighbor who keeps bees here on the Big Island and he said 20 of their 60 hives have disappeared in the past couple of months. Wonder what is going on.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

AV if your neighbor hasn't already they should report it to the Dept. of Agriculture if that amount of loss is unusual. If whatever is killing bees is in Hawaii it would make a unique sample that might help figure out what the problem is.