I have not seen one honeybee so far this spring. It’s the first time. I have seen an abundance of bumblebees since April and May and they are the large ones, not the smaller ones of last year.
I have not seen one Monarch butterfly (migrant) or any of the Swallowtail butterflies, or even a Viceroy for that matter. Butterflies are usually abundant at some point here in June because the present year’s caterpillars have morphed. It’s too late for the Monarchs to make a decent comeback because, as far as I am concerned, their frequency was yanked, and I don’t know about the Swallowtails and Viceroys. I’ve seen some of the smaller butterflies (Cabbage Whites and Skippers) that usually go unnoticed, except by people such as me, and a few other native species but the more dramatic butterflies are missing so far. I did see a Mourning Cloak a while back. One.
There’s plenty of milkweed here and it’s one species of milkweed the Monarchs need to lay their eggs on.
Later this month I will update this post if I begin to see more butterflies. The place I live borders hundreds of acres of protected wild lands. There are open meadows which are mowed every year before the emergent flora begins to grow so that grasses and wildflowers are maintained. If anyone should be seeing butterflies, it’s me. I can see one of these meadows if I go outside. I am that close.