posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:52 PM
Let me clarify a few things...
1) I don't have time to run around taking pictures every time I see dead bees... lately I have been seeing more of them than usual which is why I am
2) I know the difference between normal behavior of bees because I have been an avid gardener for years and consider myself pretty in touch with my
surrounding habitat. I've spent a lot of time watching bees dance around in my garden. Depending on what is blooming, everything from jasmine to
lavender attracts hordes of bees, especially in the mornings.
3) I have NEVER seen bees act confused or drunk or watched them land on something and just die without moving. This happens when other insects or
animals get involved, not when they are just going about their business of pollen gathering.
Try to picture if you can, hundreds of bees buzzing around the tree in the picture I posted. Now try to imagine watching the bees start flying around,
crazy, like they have no idea where they are and are extremely confused, and they hit the ground like a drop of rain falling from the sky or a
crashing plane. Once they land, they sometimes walk around for a bit in circles or look like they are twitching, but most don't get up and walk
around, they just sit there and kind of squirm a bit and die what looks like a slow painful death. This isn't the same as bees that get into fights
with other insects, you can see that unfold and watch it. It's like nothing I've ever seen before and I've watched nature quite a bit.
For those of you who think it's just a few bees, the camera on my phone can't capture a bunch of little "beads" all over the pavement... the ones
I took pictures of were freshly dead and had just fallen from the sky/tree. There were at least 2-3 dozen more on the ground that had been there
longer and were balled up and too hard to get a good shot of.
For those who think this is normal, or pesticides, or anything else... perhaps you're right, but so far there isn't any proof so I guess I'll have
to try and get some as I mentioned above.
I appreciate everyone's feedback so far.