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May 18, 2009 | Gene Brandi will always rue the summer of 2007. That's when the California beekeeper rented half his honeybees, or 1,000 hives, to a watermelon farmer in the San Joaquin Valley at pollination time. The following winter, 50 percent of Brandi's bees were dead. "They pretty much disappeared," says Brandi, who's been keeping bees for 35 years.
Since the advent in 2006 of colony collapse disorder, the mysterious ailment that continues to decimate hives across the country, Brandi has grown accustomed to seeing up to 40 percent of his bees vanish each year, simply leave the hive in search of food and never come back. But this was different. Instead of losing bees from all his colonies, Brandi watched the ones that skipped watermelon duty continue to thrive.
Brandi discovered the watermelon farmer had irrigated his plants with imidacloprid, the world's best-selling insecticide created by Bayer CropScience Inc., one of the world's leading producers of pesticides and genetically modified vegetable seeds, with annual sales of $8.6 billion. Blended with water and applied to the soil, imidacloprid creates a moist mixture the bees likely drank from on a hot day.
Originally posted by thecrow001
reply to post by deathpoet69
thats not a surprise i am not far south of you and i have only seen the ones stated in my first post. so thats about 5 bees but no wasps yet, wait till the summer trying to eat outside thats when you will see them greedy beasts
Originally posted by The Mack
West coast of US here.
I have still seen large ammounts of dead bees ever since this thing started. I do not think that we would be "dead" without them i really think that everyone would be okay. But i would hate to see them go.