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  •  Honey bees all but disappeared two years ago here (9+ / 0-)

    in Missouri, then made a slight comeback last year but this year the numbers seem to be way down again. I've been seeing more bumblebees  than all other species put together so far this year. We've had a lot of rain here too, all the rivers have been out of their banks at least once, some of them several times,  but up here on the ridge it isn't too much of a problem .

    I haven't seen even one monarch yet but most of the other butterfly species seem to be here in about normal numbers for this time of year.

    How are the bats doing down there?  I haven't seen any bats of any kind here. We had very few last year and none so far this year. It doesn't look good for Missouri bats right now. I've been hoping WNS would run it's course and leave enough immune survivors to carry on but I'm starting to have my doubts. I built a three compartment bat house for them this winter so I'm ready if any come round.

    American toads and Southern Leopard frogs had a very good breeding season and right now there are baby toads all over the yard and there are literally hundreds of inch long SLFs along some of the pond and creek banks right now.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:42:12 AM PDT

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    •  This year we have decent insect population due (6+ / 0-)

      to adequate moisture. So I have actually seen a couple of bats in my area. It used to be there would be lots of bats, but now, seeing 1 to 3 bats per month is a big deal.

      Bumble bees and other ground dwelling bees started out good, but then the tornadoes and torrential rain/flooding and now I don't really see anything. Not even at large cultivated flower gardens.

      They might make a comeback later in the season. Even in areas that didn't flood, the ground was waterlogged. That could have drowned and destroyed a lot of larvae, disrupting the reproductive cycle and pushing nests and colonies back to March numbers.

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