Is this a natural fluctuation or a sign of a problem? I live in my small world and only see things by comparing season to season and forgetting information at the far end. I do not have actual data over decades, but even if I did, it would only be anecdotal as my small part of the environment. Summer is here and I think I am seeing a few honeybees. In the past I have had a huge collection of pollinators, but never honeybees! (Below is a bumblebee.)
I have lost my bluebirds. Not a one, when I had half a dozen last year!
Butterflies...zebra swallowtails because I have a couple of paw paw trees for larval food.
The odd skipper or two and a sulfur and yesterday my first fritillary butterfly. Waiting always for the rare Monarchs!
My butterfly weed plants are huge this year, so I do have my hopes up that Monarch will come for the feast...
A few facts thatt may be of interest: butterflies have been around at least as long as 3.500 years; some, like the Monarchs, can fly 2,000 miles; 9-10 months is the longest lifetime of a butterfly; many butterflies can taste with their feet and thus know whether the leaf is a good one on which to lay their eggs; and top flight speed is 12 miles per hour!