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7 years 3 months ago #528855 by Stikkibeek
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Where are all the bumble bees this year. For the past 4 years we have had a healthy population of bumble bees around the garden, but this year, nothing. So long since I have seen one that I can't remember when that was. My scarlet runner beans have been in flower now since the beginning of December, and there are absolutely no beans setting. Without bumble bees to trip the flowers open, it appears I am doomed to having no scarlet runners to enjoy this year.:(

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7 years 3 months ago #528860 by Rokker
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It appears they have all migrated down here, Stikki. We have more than our fair share of them at the moment. Not complaining, though! They are most welcome here!

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7 years 3 months ago #528879 by kate28
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We have lots here in the Manawatu. I bought my partner some 'Leaf Cutter' bee cocoons for xmas. They came from on online shop called creative woodcraft & you buy a package with a little wooden house. They are non aggressive, docile, rarely sting & dont produce an anaphalactic shock. They can pollinate up to 100% more effectively than a honey or bumble bee. They do not produce honey, just pollinate. We have just started to have them hatch out and they look rather different, tiny little things - almost like a tiny wasp

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7 years 3 months ago #528880 by RichardW
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Seen plenty around here

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7 years 3 months ago #528900 by Anakei
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This is our second summer here (Rotorua) Last year I was amazed at the number of bumble bees here, and this was with a rather scrappy new garden.
This year I have borage, lavender, lemon balm, flowering kale and rocket (oops) and - NO bumble bees :huh: My runner beans are flowering madly but not setting any beans , I believe because of lack of bumbles :(

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7 years 3 months ago #528907 by Stikkibeek
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Kate28, I have read some interesting articles recently about leaf cutters, and they certainly are an important bee for pollination, however, i think they woulf not be strong enough to trip open the scarlet runner flower. Needs bumble bees to do that and I still have no bean set.

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7 years 3 months ago #528949 by Muz1
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Less BB's here this year but enough to pollinate broad beans. More honey bees around but noticeably less giant willow aphid. Maybe too wet for aphid this year?

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