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Data from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme showed that eight species were at an all-time low as a result of an unsuccessful summer in 2007.
Panic in the beehive
If the UK lost its honey bees the countryside would face devastation, and that is exactly what beekeepers fear could happen.
Magnetoception (or "magnetoreception") is the ability to detect changes in a magnetic field to perceive direction or altitude and has even been postulated as a method for animals to develop regional maps. It is most commonly observed in birds, though it has also been observed in many other animals including honeybees and turtles. Researchers have identified a probable sensor in pigeons: a small (dwarf), heavily innervated region of the skull, which contains biological magnetite. Humans have a similar magnetite deposit in the ethmoid bone of the nose, and there is some evidence this gives humans some magnetoception.
We know about the world through our five senses - sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. But what if there is a 6 th sense? Maybe there is - the magnetic sense.
This magnetic sense seems to be powered by the first new substance found in the human body since the early medical anatomists made the startling discovery that we are made of "blood, guts and bones". There are tiny magnets, as well, in the human brain - and these magnets can stop you from getting lost.
Magnetic Sixth Sense
Some years ago scientists at CALTECH (California Institute of Technology in Pasadena) discovered that humans possess a tiny, shiny crystal of magnetite in the ethmoid bone, located between your eyes, just behind the nose.
Magnetite is a magnetic mineral also possessed by homing pigeons, migratory salmon, dolphins, honeybees, and bats. Indeed, some bacteria even contain strands of magnetite that function, according to Dr Charles Walcott of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, "as tiny compass needles, allowing them [the bacteria] to orient themselves in the earth's magnetic field and swim down to their happy home in the mud".
Do humans have a compass in their nose?
Originally posted by rikriley
This is what I also had strong suspicions of what is causing the deaths of our beloved honey bees.
The FDA chief Ralph Roachman back in 2007 said bees are dying from genetically modified crops,
Originally posted by greenfruit
Even if Bees should die out (North America) This is not a world wide problem.
Only one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants. So don't panic yet guys.
Main pointer to date is with the Varrora Mite (half of hives tested had Varrora and 3/4 had the IAPV) and Israel acute paralysis virus (IAPV). Not the end of the world. Also large numbers of supposed CCD cases have turned out to be natural winter die off's, other known viruses etc.
Many thousands of crops are cross pollinated by the wind and other species of bees (20,000 species to be exact) not just the Western Honey Bee.
Bees aren't the only pollinators in the world beetles, flies, wasps, thrips, butterflies and moths are all successful pollinators.
Also these problem is only affecting commercial hives, all organic/natural hives bee colonies have shown no affect.