reply to post by burntheships
And stop swatting them, as someone else pointed out!
I get weird looks from people all the time for sticking up for them too.
The clover is actually a good point, not only are the pesticides doing their damage, so are the herbicides.
Too many people will dump weed and feed for a pretty lawn and destroy real food in favor of an invasive species, that probably doesn't like it's
adopted environment to begin with. I know people who are actually harassed for some clover growing in their lawn, and they have the prettiest yard on
the block in my humble opinion.
Last year I noticed the same thing as many other posters, the wasps are more plentiful. I have wondered if they are moving into the bee hives. I only
had bumble bees around my yard for the first 2 months of the season before the honey bees finally started to show, and when they did they were already
so far and few between that we got excited every time we saw one.
Antar raised a good point about cross contamination as well, it could well mean that our heirlooms may even be tainted. I figure any positive action
has to be better than nothing though, and I really hope mine happen to be far enough in the woods to be safer. I have also come across building plans
for a wild bee hive. This thread has guaranteed it's construction this year. For anyone interested, I found it in Mother Earth News a few years ago, I
don't remember what issue though, I will go look for it.
Nevermind on the plans.... that is the worst part of being a hardcopy person, sometimes I just can't find a specific article when I search for it.
edit on 22-1-2013 by woodsmom because: couldn't find plans