For the first time in 50 years I have no bees in my garden. I have a flower/vegetable garden. This spirng I had a lot of bumble bees. Now I have a wasp-looking type insect. They are flying in my garden. I have several cucumber and squash plants with very little pollination going on. I have echinacia, bee balm, rudbeckia, milkweed and a few others growing with the vegetables. Lots of tomatoes.
Any idea what is happening? Have the wasps? killed the bees?
Sincerely, Pat Mindling
Livingston County Michigan
I don’t think the wasps have killed the bees. Wasps and other insects are pollinators also. It sounds like you are doing lots to encourage bees. Have you considered putting a bee house near your garden? If you go to canr.msu.edu and put bees in your search there is lots of helpful information.