Well not surprisingly with the colony collapse problem I lost my 2 hives this winter. I am not paying for any more bees since they have only lasted for 1 year in the past 2 seasons. I decided to collect a wild swarm like I have in the past but that is rather challenging since there are almost no bees in the area. I have a cherry tree that is a bee magnet, I would assume that if there are hives within 2 miles I would have bees on the tree. I have seen 2 honey bees this year, just 2 - it's crazy! Something else I have noticed which is giving me the creeps. There are no flies in my area. By flies I mean house flies, plenty of damn biting black flies. Typically in the early spring on the first warm days the flies will come out and cover the house on the south side. Not this year. I also have 2 horses, and this time of year they should have lots of flys on them - there are almost none I have seen maybe 10 flies the whole spring. Lastly we usually have a large number of wasps. I have seen several wasp but there is clearly a large decrease in their population too. I do not know if this is a local thing due to some sort of weather condition over the winter that caused a die off or what. I live in upstate NY and I was wondering if anyone else is seeing this type insect population decreases. Thanks.