Where are the Bees?

Where are the bees?

our apple tree 12.5.16
Our apple tree, 12.5.16

We’ll crunch no apples this autumn
for the blossom will  not be transformed
by the work of our friends the bees.

I haven’t seen a bee this year ─
last Spring the farmer did his worst
One Sunday on the quiet
he turned his lethal illegal spray
onto the growing corn.
The corn it grew and grew and grew
but I haven’t seen a bee this May.

We’ll crunch no apples this autumn
for the blossom, late appearing,
will  not be transformed
by the work of our friends the bees.

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18 Responses to Where are the Bees?

  1. How heartbreaking. How criminal of the corn farmer. This makes me sad as I was happy to see many bees in Normandy the year we were there.


  2. Allison says:

    I feel sad for you and for the bees.

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  3. Misky says:

    It’s the same here, but I was blaming our cold spell rather than farmers because we had bees in April but none now.

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  4. Sue says:

    Not good news…

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  5. katechiconi says:

    All may not be lost. There are several hundred varieties of bees in northern Europe, and they all pollinate, not just the ones we get honey from. They operate at slightly different seasons, too, so some may have missed your agri-vandal and insect terrorist. I’m with Tialys. Report the bugger. The other thing you could do is perhaps ‘borrow’ a hive for a week or so if you happen to know someone who keeps bees and doesn’t live near sprayed crops. A quiet spot facing the morning sun and close to the apple tree, and they’d get the work done pronto, and the hive owner would get apple blossom honey. I don’t know if you’ve ever thought of keeping your own, but you can protect the hive by feeding the bees sugar water for a while to stop them flying out to find nectar elsewhere. You have to know the spraying’s happening, but you could save some of the bees.

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    • tialys says:

      Kate – does your knowledge know no bounds? 😉

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      • katechiconi says:

        Always been a bee-nerd, since I was six and our neighbour had hives. He lived in a hugely insanitary cottage without running water or other sanitation, but had the most wonderful productive garden, orchard, hives and more chickens than I could count. I can still bring to mind the smell of his lavender, the box hedge up to his door, and the baskets of huge green Bramley apples he used to send home with me for Ma to turn into apple sauce, apple crumble, etc. Anyway, yes, bees are favourites of mine…

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    • Thank you Kate. I shall make enquiries, as there is a local honey supplier. But all insects are affected by the sprays, not just honey bees, so it is a damaging tragedy. Good luck this afternoon – or has it already happened in Australia? It’s 11 am here.


  6. tialys says:

    I think I’d have had to turn ‘informer’ and rat him out. What a shame and the apple growers won’t be happy either, surely.

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