[NAFEX] Apple pollinators
aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 13 13:15:02 EDT 2009
Bees generally will work one species at a time. It could be there is something blooming at the same time that the bees find more attractive. Or it could be something else. I don't know how to find out what it is unless you could somehow cage the bees in with your apple trees so they didn't have any alternatives. If they still wouldn't go to the blossoms then there is definitely something wrong.
If you have sprayed them with pesticides, that might keep the bees away.
From: "Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov" <Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 11:55:51 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Apple pollinators
I am puzzled about pollinators for my apples this year. The blueberries
are blooming and buzzing madly with bumblebees. When the pears bloomed
earlier, they were full of assorted bees, flies and wasps. I see that
fruit has set.
My hollies are blooming now. The trees are full of honey bees- the most
have seen for 5 years. Yet my apple blossoms seem barely visited. I
watched for about 20 mins. on a warm, sunny afternoon, and saw 1 bumble
bee and 1swallowtail butterfly briefly visit 2 trees. I observed some
very tiny flies (< 2 mm), I don't know if they can act as pollinators.
I had very poor apple fruit set last year, and I wonder why the blooms
are not more attractive...
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