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Originally posted by Maxmars
Local economic sabotage?
Industrial sabotage (competitors)?
Frankly, we need to see more details flowing in. It's a shame we can't hear from those victimized by this; but I guess their on-going investigation may be compromised by interviews....edit on 30-9-2011 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)
MICROBIOLOGISTS at Cardiff University have found that a spoonful of honey packs more punch against bacteria than many antibiotics.
In fact, it can even kill off the notorius MRSA superbug which is resistant to antibiotics and plagues many hospitals. Honey can also attack bacteria inside the body such as heliobacter pylori- the resistant bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.
To make matters worse a new pest to honey bees, named the Hive Beetle has raised it's ugly head. The small hive beetle, was first discovered in Florida in June of 1998 and has now been found in 3 other states, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The small hive beetle can be a destructive pest of honey bee colonies, causing damage to comb, stored honey and pollen. If a beetle infestation is sufficiently heavy, they may cause bees to abandon their hive.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE BEES GONE?
A warm fall, a long cold winter and to top it off a cold spring and a nasty, parasitic mite have brought Quebec's and Ontario's bee industry to its knees.
Half of Quebec's 35,000 beehives have been lost, along with countless others in Ontario affecting not only honey producers but also fruit cultivators who rent bees for pollination.
The major cause of this is the varroa mite which are becoming resistant to known treatment. The Mite has spread all through Europe leaving beekeepers with none or very few bees. Losses of 95% have been reported in the Niagara region with the average loss in Ontario sitting at 50%. The long cold winter has not helped. Honey bees cannot move at temperatures below 45%F and with extendedthe periods of cold Ontario experienced this winter, bees were not able to move over to fresh supplies of honey and therefore starved with frames of honey only inches away.
The blood-sucking varroa mite arrived from the United States in 1991.
It was found that high levels of spinosad residues (about 10 times what bees should experience in the environment) caused rapid colony death. Colonies exposed to more realistic levels of spinosad in pollen did not show any lethal effects and only minimal immediate colony health effects.
Adult bees that have been exposed to a pesticide during larval development may display symptoms of poisoning that are not detected with current tests required by regulatory agencies. In order to ensure sustainable food production, agricultural pesticides need to be safe for wild pollinators.
Originally posted by Manhater
If only it would kill my yellow jacket hive, I'll be happy. Omg, have they doubled.
In the US, bee keepers are experiencing unprecedented die offs of bees some losing as much as 80% of their colonies. Commercial beekeepers in 22 states have reported deaths of tens of thousands of honeybee colonies. So far the cause remains unexplained and somewhat mysterious. It is being called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and is causing agricultural honeybees nationwide to abandon their hives and disappear and raising worries about crops that need bees for pollination. It’s a kind of mass suicide in the bee world. “There have been cases where there have been these die-offs of bees before, but we have never seen it to this level,” said Maryann Frazier, a Pennsylvania State University entomologist. “One operation after another is collapsing.”
The unusual phenomenon was first noticed by eastern beekeepers starting last fall. Researchers, including some connected with the Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences, have identified some of the possible contributors, but have not yet found a single cause.
Florida apiarists say citrus growers are compounding the problem by spraying pesticides to kill off a dangerous pest that menaces fruit trees, wiping out bees at the same time. While a combination of problems is putting the bee population in peril, it’s the phenomenon of the animals suddenly deserting their hives, never to return, that has observers most baffled.
No single cause drought chemicals/pesticides, mites, bacteria, a fungus or virus seems to be common to all the events or even indicated as a cause in any single event. Extreme weather and temperature fluctuations seem to play a major role stressing the bees and weakening their immune systems.
Another unusual factor is that bees sensing a dying colony nearby aren’t going in right away and killing the other bees and robbing the hive of honey, like they usually do for example when the bees have died of parasites or disease.
Also, unlike when bees are killed by some other causes (disease, mites), there are no dead bees littering the bottom of a hive. The bees are simply gone, he said, or perhaps a queen and a few younger bees remain, but the adults have disappeared.
“Replacing the Gulf Coast bee colonies, although highly important, is not enough. It is obvious that the huge losses suffered during the past 16 years must be dealt with to provide security for our future honey bee-dependent food supplies. It will take a well-defined series of coordinated efforts by all components of the beekeeping industry and the involvement of local, state and federal governmental entities to solve this potentially disastrous situation,” says John Roberts, a beekeeper and President of Nature Technics Corporation.
Originally posted by Afterthought
reply to post by Quadrivium
Thanks for offering your knowledge on CCD, but I don't believe this is the case in Brevard. As you said, the adults simply don't come back to the hive. The hives in Brevard had several, several dead bees on the bottoms of the hives. (Please scroll through the posts and look at the article I posted and specified that a pic was included.)
If the deaths in Brevard are written off as CCD, I'll be very disappointed and be all that more suspicious that a cover up is going on.