Survey of honeybee populations

There is not enough up-to-date population data about the bees in many areas and islands in the Philippines. It is important and very helpful if you can send in comments about the relative abundance or scarcity of the honeybees in your locality and island.

The origins of the bee populations in the Philippines is explained in another post.

Please send in a simple comment at the bottom of this page about how often you see honeybees visiting flowers.

Survey of honeybee populations in the regions and islands

If honeybees (Ligwan or Putyokan) were abundant in your locality you would expect to see a lot of them every sunny morning visiting common bee attracting flowers, such as the small pinkish flowers of the ‘Sensitive Plant’ (Mimosa pudica) or ‘Ulawan’ which grows close to the ground and is quite widespread in the Philippines.

mimosa-pudica-pale-pink-purple-flower

If you never saw honeybees visiting the Sensitive Plant flowers on a sunny morning it would be reasonable to assess that either the honeybees were very scarce or possibly absent in your locality.

Antigonon leptopus

Another bee attracting plant is the ‘Coral vine ‘ (Antigonon leptopus) which is a creeper over fences. Other common flowers where you would expect to see visiting honeybees (if they are present) are Sunflowers, Cosmos, and Zinnia.

Please give your honeybee population assessments on the comments form under this post. Choose one of the options that is closest to your assessment ….

Abundant – you see a lot of honeybees on the common flowers every sunny morning.

Plenty – you see quite a few honeybees on the common flowers every sunny morning.

Moderate – you see some honeybees on the common flowers on sunny mornings.

Scarce – occasionally you see honeybees on the common flowers on sunny mornings.

Absent – you do not see honeybees on the common flowers on sunny mornings.

It is also important to name the island and locality or ZIP code you are assessing. Extra information on the types of bee etc can also be helpful.

The more people who send in an assessment – the better it will be for identifying the regions and islands that have declining or absent honeybee populations. Thanks.

About Julian

Julian Wright is a British agricultural scientist married to a Philippine teacher, who has a house and some land planted to coconuts and other crops near Dumaguete in the Philippines.
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