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The pictures are heartbreaking: Millions of honeybees lie dead after being sprayed with an insecticide targeting Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
“On Saturday, it was total energy, millions of bees foraging, pollinating, making honey for winter,” beekeeper Juanita Stanley said. “Today, it stinks of death. Maggots and other insects are feeding on the honey and the baby bees who are still in the hives. It’s heartbreaking.”
Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. ....
Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary — Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, in Summerville — 46 hives died on the spot, totaling about 2.5 million bees.
Walking through the farm, one Summerville woman wrote on Facebook, was “like visiting a cemetery, pure sadness.”
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
As a gardener and honey bee devotee, this makes me really cranky and frustrated.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: DontTreadOnMe
I really think this Zika hysteria is getting out of hand. We get in a panic every year about some new pandemic that is going to decimate the population and we end up chronically overreacting.
originally posted by: JIMC5499
Whatever happened to mosquito borne viruses almost being extinct in the early 70's? Oh wait! They banned DDT.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
I don't know why, but people can't be that effing stupid!