Placido wrote:First big, furry, bumbly bumble bee of the year . Great to see .
Not a thing in the garden in flower
Placido wrote:I have purchased a spray gun thingy of Westland 'Resolva' Bug Killer with a view to zapping a pest which I think is woolly aphid on my cherished escallonia cuttings.
When I came to use the stuff I read the red Safety Instructions panel for the first time - I know, I know - and discovered a very disconcerting section which may throw light on the parlous plight in which our native bees find themselves these days.
"Dangerous to bees. Do not use where bees are actively foraging."
"Risk to non-target insects and other arthropods."
Oh yes, and you can't use it in direct sunlight.
I'll have to rethink this stuff - maybe bring the pot inside for 2 weeks while it kills the pest.
Seems that neo-nicotinoids may not be the only culprit.
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