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Bees continue to die in their millions

Posted on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: redhen

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Concerns deepen over the future of bee populations after another mass die-off takes place in Canada.

A few weeks ago up to 25,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, sparking concerns over the insects' continued decline. Now it has emerged that more than 37 million bees across 600 hives have also been reported dead in Ontario, Canada. Known as 'colony collapse disorder', the mysterious condition that is destroying bee populations all over the world is quickly becoming a critical issue.

"More than 85 percent of Earth’s plant species - many of which compose some of the most nutritional parts of our diet - require pollinators to exist," said conservationist Eric Mader. "Yet we continue to see alarming declines in bee numbers."

"Just weeks after tens of thousands of bumblebees, honeybees and lady bugs were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, more than 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada, reports Collective Evolution."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by jules99 on 23 July, 2013, 7:09
Hand pollination of rhododendrons looks interesting; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63d6-r3zumo Bees dying off will be felt at our own expense, the implications are disastrous.
Comment icon #26 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 23 July, 2013, 8:34
And bumblebees are not doing much better, granted they don't do as much as a average hive of honey bees ( their hives are much smaller and some plants have flowers that are just too small for a bumblebee) they seem to be slowly vanishing as well, and there is nothing in the news about that because nobody uses bumble bees for pollination ( therefore making money off them) except mother nature.
Comment icon #27 Posted by redhen on 23 July, 2013, 12:16
The ICUN has only recently formed a to do assessments as to their status.
Comment icon #28 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 23 July, 2013, 23:10
better late than never I guess, but as I have only seen two bumblebees this year it may already be too late in my area. OH and I just saw my fifth honey bee of the year today.
Comment icon #29 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 11 August, 2013, 9:28
when a honey bee stings something the stinger pulls out and it dies. When a hive of bees splits itself into two or more hives, the bees in the swarm all fill both their stomachs with honey. when they find the correct spot for a new hive this honey in the stomachs is what is going to keep them alive until the hive is established and producing their own food. Every bee that stings something is another chance for the hive to fail. normal honey bees know this and are not going to sting except as a last resort during a swarm, as far as African bees I don't know if this is true or ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Jeremiah65 on 11 August, 2013, 15:20
It is an alarming trend that our propaganda mouthpieces...aka...the MSM is silent on. I am convinced as another poster said that someone, somewhere knows exactly what is causing this. I am equally sure in my opinion that it has something to do with GMO or the insecticides mentioned earlier. I guess this will give another genetics company an excuse to create a strain of genetically modified bees that will resist the insecticides...the sad side effect of this new strain of bees will be that their stings will be lethal to humans and livestock. I live outside of town on a mountain and while I ... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 11 August, 2013, 18:51
first we start knocking down trees,and now this?
Comment icon #32 Posted by brlesq1 on 13 August, 2013, 12:22
I read recently (can't remember where) that it's not just one pesticide, but a witches' brew of about nine.
Comment icon #33 Posted by hammerclaw on 26 September, 2013, 2:21
Ironically, the common denominator is the Bee Keepers themselves and possibly something they themselves are putting in their hives that is causing bees to die. Obviously, it would be something seemingly innocuous, such as a commonly used substance to control mold and mildew.
Comment icon #34 Posted by questionmark on 26 September, 2013, 13:47
Any beekeeper, with just two functioning neurons, tests any new product small scale first. You are playing with your livelihood when harm comes to your bees.

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