Thanks to various things like pesticides, climate change and what ever else we can conjure, I have very few bees or butterflies in my garden. Because of this, none of my zucchinis or cucumbers are growing. I have flowers, but nothing else.
This displease me.
I was going to hand pollinate the zucchini, but the flowers have fallen off already. Aces.
This is the first time since we have lived here, 5 years now, that I have not had one swallowtail butterfly. None. I have not seen any hummingbird moths either. This disturbs me because it is very telling.
Sure the bumblebees are out, but in far less numbers than I have had in the past. Is it because everything is blooming so damn late thanks to the obnoxiously long winter? I don't know. I do have neighbors that use pesticides to keep a perfect lawn and I am sure that doesn't help much. We keep the clover in ours because I like it and heck, so do the bees. I saw two honeybees within the clover and I became giddy.
I don't know. It is weird to have a lovely flower garden and very few pollinators. Disheartening is the word I think that describes it best. I grow a lot of herbs to let them flower so the bees can go crazy. This is a pretty tall and large thyme (??) plant behind my garage that had at least four bees on it when I took this photo.
What is also sad is that my Butterfly Bush has been pretty inactive. When I went out before there were just two butterflies on some flowers. They were orange and brown and the only type I have seen in my garden spaces all summer. I miss the other insects I used to see and I thought I would be able to entice them our way due to the flowers, but I guess nature has its own agenda. Bummer. Ah well, I am happy to see the insects I have and having to constantly remind my son to not touch the bumblebees. He has a thing for needing to hold all insects. The other day he walked over to me and my neighbor holding a live wasp. Yeah. Luckily it did not sting him, but we had to explain why walking around carrying one of those is not a good idea. I fully expect him to do it again.
Hope your gardens are flourishing and that what is going on here is a fluke.