More Than 25% Of America's Bees Are Missing

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    LOST BEES A MYSTERY TO SCIENTISTS


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    April 25, 2007



    MORE than a quarter of America's 2.4 million bee colonies have been lost - tens of billions of bees, according to an estimate from the Apiary Inspectors of America, a national group that tracks beekeeping. So far, no one can say what is causing the bees to become disoriented and fail to return to their hives.

    A number of theories have been posed, and many seem to researchers to be more science fiction than science: people have blamed genetically modified crops, cellular phone towers and high-voltage transmission lines.

    Diana Cox-Foster, an entomologist at Pennsylvania State University, and Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist from the US Department of Agriculture, are leading a team of researchers trying to find an explanation for "colony collapse disorder", the name given to the disappearing bee syndrome.

    The scientists have been focusing on the most likely suspects: a virus, a fungus or a pesticide. Researchers have collected samples in several states and have begun doing bee autopsies and genetic analysis.

    They have also been testing pesticides. The group of compounds they believe is most suspect is the neonicotinoids, commonly used to treat corn and other seeds against pests.


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    Bees, however, are capable of seeing ultraviolet light, which is invisible to humans. The bee is capable of navigating, even on a cloudy day, by cloud-penetrating ultraviolet light. Honey bees also use the sun as a reference point to communicate to other bees the angle of flight to be followed to arrive at newly discovered nectar-bearing flowers.

    Bees are world-class navigators. Honeybees communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources through a sophisticated dance "language". In 1973, Karl von Frisch received a Nobel Prize for deciphering this bee language, which consists of a circle dance and a tail wagging dance. It accurately tells other bees the angle from the sun and the distance to the nectar.

    Bees use the sun as a compass. Even when the sun is obscured by clouds, bees can detect it's position from the light in brighter patches of the sky. Bees also can see ultraviolet designs in flowers like an airplane circling an airport sees the landing lights on a runway. Honeybees also have a built-in clock that appears to be synchronized with the secretion of nectar from flowers.
     
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    I think that the Bees are disappearing because they know that there are major changes in the Sun taking place. In fact, I believe that because of the coming Pole-Shift and changes with our magnetic field, that you will see many creatures suddenly "disappearing" for no apparent reason.

    As we get closer and closer to the coming Pole-Shift, the Sun will begin to act stranger and stranger. Soon it will blow away our magnetic field and cause an enormous disaster on the Earth.
     
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    Who the fuck cares?
     
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    Let's put this into perspective. The vast majority of the honey bees are not natural to this continent to begin with. They are European bees brought over here for honey and later used by farmers to pollinate.

    Amazingly, the aboriginal natives were able to grow crops, had flowers, fish in streams and feed themselves all without the European bees. Almost all insects pollinate, not as effectively, but they do. The perceived doom can be released now with a big heavy sigh.

    Chicken Little can return to the safety of the hen house.
     
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    I gotta say I'm sort of with jeff w here, but found the photos good:

    http://www.classicalvalues.com/archives/2007/04/media_bee_lying.html

     
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    Gee. I hears somewhere that our cell phones were killing all the bees. :D

    There doesn't seem to be a shortage in my back yard, however.
     
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    Could the alleged and debated global warming have anything to do with it?
    On the one hand, the price of natural honey might go up.
    On the other hand, there might be fewer bee stings.
     
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    Honey is a product we are unable to synthesize.

    And no, global warming has been ruled out on this one. Currently they have tried to blame it on cell phones. Which I find actually laughable. There would have been a clear and obvious pattern of losses that would have made it clear that cell phones were causing such a thing to happen.

    A horticulturalist and beekeeper that I know has informed me that while he lost 25% of his bees, it was due to a virus that was found in a necropsy. That is anecdotal, but it is far more likely than the sudden effect of cell phones.
     

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