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Where are the bees

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Wayne starts with ...
Where have all the bees gone, I have concentrated on my gardening this year and between the Mango tree flowering, all the citrus trees, the vegie garden and now the pumpkin and rockmellon vines I have seen just one bee all year, how sad is that.

So this begs the question, would green ants pollinate the fruit or would this be something I might regret later
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John says...
Lots in Perth, but was in Wagga Wagga lastnmonth and barely a bee to be seen.

The eatsern states has small hive beetle introduced, and this is decimating hives both wild and dometicated.
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20th November 2008 1:25pm
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Pauline says...
Where are you? Here in Adelaide there are loads. Hubbie was very worried when our pear tree was in flower because I kept standing under the canopie to listen to the buzzing. It was amazing. One day I will have a hive......
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Pauline
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20th November 2008 9:11pm
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Wayne says...
Sorry Pauline, I'm in Mackay QLD
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BobnLisa says...
Hi guys, we have noticed a huge drop in the bees. We are pollinating the pumpkin by hand. It's very disturbing and sad.
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OZRJ
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26th November 2008 6:11am
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Jim says...
To those in QLD witnessing a decline in bee numbers this may be due to the fruit flowers seasons attraction in areas such as stanthorp and bowen.
With stonefruit flowering as well as mango's. There is probably other factors but after working in stanthorpe particularly for 4 years i have heard this to be one reason.
Alot of bee keepers are especially booked out from these areas around this time as well.
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26th November 2008 7:12am
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Kath says...
Native bees on a cunjevoi flower yesterday.
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Kath
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Wayne says...
There are no Bees in Bowen I'm afraid, my brother inlaw grows mangoes there and his crop is down dramatically and he's blaming it on the lack of bees.
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Wayne
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Cynthia says...
We still have a "normal" amount of bees, ie heaps, in the Newcastle area. We have to walk our doggie on the road when the footpath is covered in clover because she gets stung on her feet from standing on them. There have been serious declines in bee populations in Europe and the US in recent times too with serious consequences for agriculture. They have had to import bees from other areas, including Australia. I have heard different theories about why this world-wide decline is occurring but has there been any definitive answer yet?
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