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Good review. No shortage of bees in my yard.Our kitten just got whole front leg swollen to double size after batting practice with a giant one. Neighbors are old and stingy so our corner of the neighborhood has no landscape services, no pesticides, and blooms with trees and perennials tended with varying degrees of dedication by long time residents who know the location of the owls, the various nests, and whose garages the skunks and raccoons prefer. We all scorn the people knocking down old cottages to build mcmansions with sterile chemlawns, no flowering trees [the fruit is messy] or flowerbeds [too high maintenance for "at home" mothers who spend more time at lunch and the gym than gardening]
The bee crisis reflects the unhealthy way agribusiness produces cheap but less nutritious food at terrible environmental cost. Hedgerows, fields lying fallow, manure, and encouraging natural predators and pollinators, etc would help. I just grow my own to the extent possible. Even the yellowjackets I am so terrified of kill the caterpillars, etc that would otherwise infest my cabbages.
Things with stings are useful!
Nj soldier, not to be intrusive, but I am curious: what kind of neighborhood? Farms or orchards near you? Golf courses? Suburbs? Forests? I have a superstitious faith in wild and overgrown pockets, but maybe the bees really are all dying off? It scares me despite classical values' scepticism. Remember how quickly predatory birds died off because of DDT. Thank god their numbers are up again. You don't have to be a wacko environmentalist to see that we have not always been the best stewards of our beautiful world.