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Friday marked the start of an annual survey that asks beekeepers to report how many bees they lost over the winter, conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The advance word is that the results will be brutal.  The New York Times, for example, quoted beekeepers as saying the losses reached levels of 40 to 50 percent — which would be double the average reported last year.


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John Gentzel collects honey in Homestead, Fla. Honey bee owners along with scientists continue to try to figure out what is causing bees to succumb to the colony collapse disorder which has devastated apiaries around the country.

One beekeeper in Montana was quoted as saying that his bees seemed healthy last spring, but in September, “they started to fall on their face, to die like crazy.”




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Source: NBC


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  • Anonymouse Coward

    Top photograph. Bees always return to the site of their hive even although it is not there anymore. Someone has moved their hive while the bees were out flying.

    A bee hive should always be shifted outside the bees range in the previous location. This means when the bees emerge from the hive they do not recognize any landmarks they use for navigation. They then have to remap their hive location software using landmarks in the new location.

  • spollyike

    Not sure what we’ve done to them but bee’s are FUCKED!

    • cows4me

      Plenty of bees here spollylike, hives on the farm next to bush. But haven’t seen any wild hives for couple of years.

  • Ururoa

    If you’ve got an hour to spare and are interested in the issue, documentary is well worth the watch.

  • Dumrse

    Global warming……..Climate change call it what you will. Martin Air fly millions of bees around the world to replace stock levels. For example, every spring they fly bees into Korea to replace bees that have died on the wing due to emerging way too early into the extreme cold.

    Just saying….