posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 08:37 AM
reply to post by Asktheanimals
I tend to agree with you on this aspect.
Often with beekeeping it is necessary to feed the bees during the winter because, well because bees just do not sleep! Without winter feedings the
hive can be reduced in numbers because they rely on their own honey production to keep them alive.
When the honey is removed by humans the hive is at risk so feeding is necessary.
As for this article, well I have lived in Germany and there is never a shortage of flowering plants and trees. There is the chance that some fruit
trees can bloom earlier than expected and the cold ambient air prevents the bees from locating them and pollinating them. So crop loss can occur if
this should happen; sadly this is just the way it is in this world and other means has to be applied to pollinate the fruit trees such as
hand-pollinating and blower units to move the pollen about.
I see the climate effecting how the trees open each Spring, but I do not see the bees "sleeping" as they want us to believe. Of course, there is
colony collapse which has more factors than Monsanto wishes to discuss, but the ramifications of that would be the loss of the hive and temperatures
have nothing to do with that.
I should come back and report some of the bee situations I have to deal with here at my home, but it will have to wait for a bit because this morning
I have to go to Radium Springs, NM to pick up some Papyrus for the Lake!
It is good to keep the bees in mind at any rate!