My garden is a hang-out for bees of all kinds — honey bees, native bees, carpenter bees. I love watching them going about their business and am glad to help out keeping them fed. Bees are important pollinators. Pollination is essential for most of our food crops.
The honey bee population has dropped dramatically in recent years, and scientists are trying to find the causes. They’ve discovered a number of reasons. Below is a link to a New York Times article with comments about the bee situation from entomologists and beekeepers. (There haven’t been many butterflies this year in the Midwest, which I’ll write about later. )
Room for Debate: Saving Bees: What We Know Now. — Lessons from the battle against colony collapse disorder, which is still decimating hives. Also check out Monarch Watch and Pollinator Partnership in my blogroll.