by Bill Hoss
With many trees and flowers blooming so early in 2012, I been wondering what bees, butterflies and flies people are seeing. By middle to late March I was already seeing a Spicebush swallowtail, one of the smaller sulphurs, a Cabbage White and a couple Pearl crescents in my yard visiting early the bloomers. Honey bees, one species of bumble bee Bombus bimaculatus, the large carpenter bee Xylocopa virginica and one species of hover fly were also in evidence. What I wasn’t seeing were the small native bees. I had heard or read somewhere that while plants were triggered by temperature, most pollinators were triggered by the length of daylight and as a result, there might be lower pollination of early bloomers.