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Originally posted by M157yD4wn
reply to post by Realtruth
i bet they honey isn't getting consumed by natural enemies of bees, ie wax moth, etc. i was told by the keeper down the street that the wax moths are around, but they haven't gone after the undefended honey.
This leads me to believe that the bees are still there, possibly even defending the honey. But at the least, even if not defending the honey, the wax moths, and other insects which eat the honey, sense and perceive the presence of the bees.
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia finds that air pollution is making it harder for bees and other pollinating insects to find food.
Pollutants such as ozone (smog) and nitrate radicals, formed mostly as a consequence of car exhaust, are binding with the volatile scent molecules given off by flowers, the scientists found. This chemically alters the molecules so that they no longer carry a sweet scent, and do not attract pollinating insects to plants.
France, Italy, Germany and Slovenia found that the nicotine-based systemic pesticides impaired the bees' navigational and foraging abilities. There they have banned the insecticides that are sold under the name of Poncho, Gaucho and Cruiser, made by Bayer and Syngenta. Seeds are being dressed with the pesticides prior to planting. The pesticide then moves through a plant's vascular system as it grows. Bees pick up the pollen from the plants and the theory is that the pesticide, although not killing the bees does affect their immune system and sensory system.