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    I had a dwarf cherry tree that used to give me enough for three pies a year.  (Any more and I would have gained too much weight.)  In the mid-1990s the honeybees did not come.  But there were a lot of other fly like insects working the tree.  The next year nothing landed on the tree.  That year the tree died from trunk rupture from too much sugary sap that did not go into the cherries.

    For almost 20 years now, in downtown Nashville, there have been no bees.  I would see two or three per season but they were clearly disoriented, not working the blossoms.

    Suddenly, in 2014, I have counted 20 or 30 bees per day working a field of clover.  I count them for fun, thinking that the world is making a comeback.  I worry when I see a landscaping truck drive by.  They carry some kind of herbicide.

    I'm from Johnson City.

    by Al Fondy on Mon May 26, 2014 at 04:37:39 PM PDT

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