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Early Insects in Upstate New York

ice butterflyMarch 15 in the Finger Lakes: Bees swarm on my compost pile, on the broccoli flowers opening there – apparently some of the only flowers they could find.

Yesterday: I swat a mosquito on my arm. Kids playing next door show me the red bumps of the bites they’ve received.

Today: An orange-spotted butterfly floats amidst the buckets in the maple grove set up to collect sap.

I’m not finding this sort of thing being discussed anywhere else, but where I live, the emergence of insects is happening at a very abnormal time.

3 comments to Early Insects in Upstate New York

  • Tom

    You have BEES? You lucky people!

    • We may be considered “lucky” to have honeybee colonies that have survived the die-off, but the truth is that our native bees have been just fine – especially in my yard, where I don’t spray insect-killing chemicals.

      But, our local honeybees’ luck would certainly run out if the colony isn’t able to get the resources it needs because its springtime emergence is no longer in synchronicity with the food resources it needs.

  • Jim

    I haven’t seen any bees yet here in Ohio, even though the crocuses and daffodils are blooming.

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