Why are the honeybees dying?

  1. No honey, no problem? It's a bigger issue than that.

    We will have to pollinate some crops by hand if the problem continues this spring. This can be done with a feather or cotton swabs but it is labor intensive. If this does not get solved soon and continues on a national level, then there will be shortages of certain foods.
    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...bees07-ON.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Feb 15, '07
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  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   kitty29
    Thanks for the article; I had heard something on the news but didn't get to see it.
  4. by   indigo girl
    Mystery bee disappearances, where are they going? This is sounding like the twilight zone. Are we talking another dimension here or what? How can thousands of bees just disappear? To where?
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...0223-bees.html
    <snip>
    "There were no dead bees, no bees on the ground, just empty boxes."
    <snip>
  5. by   Myxel67
    On NPR yesterday, they mentioned possibility of some kind of immunodeficiency disorder. Another article stated that the few dead bees they found still in the hives had fungus in the tracheas.

    It is a big deal since the honeybees are needed to pollinate nut trees, fruits and vegetables. Particularly in danger now is the Calfornia almond crop.
  6. by   indigo girl
    http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...cle2314202.ece

    I did not realize the hugh numbers, and that they were flying off to die.
    This is very disturbing.

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    Millions of bees are abandoning their hives and flying off to die (they cannot survive as a colony without the queen, who is always left behind).
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  7. by   CHATSDALE
    this is horrible...sometimes the biggest things depend on the smallest things to survive
    i didn't get to read the articles: are the africian bees dying also?
  8. by   indigo girl
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    this is horrible...sometimes the biggest things depend on the smallest things to survive
    i didn't get to read the articles: are the africian bees dying also?
    I have no info on the africanized bees just on the beneficial bees that are used to pollinate so many of our fruits, veggies and nuts.
  9. by   sanctuary
    And the world goes round and round, and we are all a part of the circle. This could actually be the canary in the mine, and we do not know it yet. ...But I've seen hives (in Mexico) that died off of some illness, and they were in the hive. We opened it up because it was so quiet. My dad did not let us eat the honey because he did not know what killed the bees. But all their little bodies were there.
    Fearful stuff.
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    that canary in the mine bit is something that scares me witless
  11. by   sanctuary
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    that canary in the mine bit is something that scares me witless



    :yeahthat: Me too.
  12. by   indigo girl
    This is off topic, but interesting info. In this case, bees really are functioning like the canary in the mine shaft.

    The sounds that bees make, can signal disease/danger. New research
    may have military applications or just be useful in knowing whether or not a hive is in trouble:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...bees-buzz.html
  13. by   indigo girl
    Are GM crops involved in mass honeybee fatalities?
    Quote attributed to Einstein:
    "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...3&postcount=43

    Quote from http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,druck-473166,00.html
    For unknown reasons, bee populations throughout Germany are disappearing -- something that is so far only harming beekeepers. But the situation is different in the United States, where bees are dying in such dramatic numbers that the economic consequences could soon be dire. No one knows what is causing the bees to perish, but some experts believe that the large-scale use of genetically modified plants in the US could be a factor.
  14. by   indigo girl
    Are mobile phones wiping out our bees? It's an interesting theory so it's too
    bad no scientific abstracts were linked to this article:
    http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...cle2449968.ece

    Quote from http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece
    The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up.

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