Whatever is killing off the bees has really hit us this year. We love to have our flower beds and flowering bushes humming with bees and butterflies. We have large beds of milkweed and salvia and many flowering bushes just to attract the honeybees and butterflies. Last year our 2 acre meadow at the back of the property had hundreds of little butterflies and there were bees on all the salvia and bottlebrush bushes. But this year in late April or early May, they all just disappeared. Yesterday I saw one Monarch and two Gulf fritillaries and there are a few bumblebees on the salvia. I have no idea what happened to them but I miss their tiny humming presence.