We had a much, much warmer winter than normal. We actually expected more insects this year not fewer. I had been hoping to purchase two bee nucs this year but all the apiaries in the area saw huge losses of hives over the winter. Too warm, maybe? And those who are creating new hives now are seeing unhealthy comb patterns.
I wonder if the people who did those videos could do us one where they look for the critters that usually eat these bugs? Another video on analysing what's changed in the bugs food sources. And yet another one on what surrounds them - like up their watershed, pollutants upwind, new weather patterns in the winte r (too cold, too hot), stuff like that.
Maybe they all moved west? We have a very healthy population this year... a lot more than years previous.