Skip to comments.Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds
Posted on 05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT by Renfield
The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear.
"We demonstrated that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering 'colony collapse disorder' in honeybee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter," said Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health and who led the work.
The loss of honeybees in many countries in the last decade has caused widespread concern because about three-quarters of the world's food crops require pollination. The decline has been linked to loss of habitat, disease and pesticide use. In December 2013, the European Union banned the use of three neonicotinoids for two years....
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this is :
1. Silent Spring Type Greenie Hype
2. Important News
After Malathion spraying in Los Angeles about 25 years ago, bee and butterflies virtually disappeared. They’ve both made comebacks in recent years, but their levels of abundance are still very low, and I’m wondering if they’ll ever make it back.
The widespread desire to “fix” every annoyance in life with a spray can or a pill is causing as much grief as he original problems,in my view.
Wow! Insecticide kills insects. Who’d a thunk it? Definitely worth the $50 million research grants.
It all started when the honeybee worker bee’s union signed them up for ObamaCare.
Thanks for posting. This problem has been going on for awhile, and is very concerning.
The immediate problems around here is the cold and lack of blossoms on the fruit trees.
It’s something more than an “annoyance” when used in an Agriculture.
When the one doc showed the commercial bee farmer delivering his hundreds of bee hives to an almond orchard/farm (IIRC) and then the almond farmer sprayed the trees with all sorts of chemicals while the bees were on the trees it didn't take much more to figure out why his bees died in droves.
Seriously, how was this ever considered a mystery?
Insecticide kills insects? Well, how come they didn’t make a research that water makes you wet?
I remember the first time I saw what appeared to have been...a swarm of honeybees lying dead and dying on a park bench. It was quite a schock.
This was several years after reading the first news releases about the die offs.
Let me guess...they blew insecticide directly into the hives.
And for those interested in the link between neonicotinoids and GMO corn:
Not hype. We had a farm, I raised clover over the summer might see 2 or 3 bees. I thought this was the problem, know some bee keepers and asked them, they thought virus. The kill off is widespread in Ky. Bees presently being transported from one part of the US to another to pollinate crops. This is a big F’in deal as Biden says.
My workplace is surrounded by orchards. I see dozens of honeybees every day dying on our parking lot. The sad part is they are still doing there little dance while they are dying. Apparently that’s how they communicate to the rest of the colony where they found some flowers or pollen or whatever it is that bees do.
It's a bit more complicated than that.
" "This observation may suggest the impairment of honey bee neurological functions, specifically memory, cognition, or behaviour, as the results from the chronic sub-lethal neonicotinoid exposure." Earlier research showed neonicotinoid exposure can damage the renowned ability of bees to navigate home.
Bayer used to use imadacloprid in turf products as a grub killer.
Yes. I thought this was long known but doesn’t account for all of the collapse disorder.
Makes me suspicious that the widespread incessant use of tobacco that started around World War I doesn’t have something to do (neurologically) with the collapse of Western Civilization.
the best safest insecticide was DDT. case closed.(that would be Algores response to his bs...”case closed”. so I guess I can use it too.)
There have been lots of reports in the last 10 yrs or so of bee hives dieing out. However they are just studying DOMESTIC bees, not wild bees. I suspect that the inbreeding of the domestic bees is a large part of the problem as the wild bees all seem to be doing fine.
and they thought frogs were dying because of Global Warming(or some bull like that) and it turned out it was research frogs were released into the wild
It comes from Harvard.
Harvard physics & math...believable.
I hadn’t heard about the dying frogs. What happened?
I highly recommend signing up with Arbor Day Foundation (http://www.arborday.org/) With each membership you get 10 free trees. I’ve been getting flowering trees. They arrive as 18” to 24” twigs, and over 90% of them take root. It takes a few years for them to bloom. Trees can also increase rainfall. We need to start planting trees in the borderlands between areas suitable for farming and dry areas to gradually increase arable land.
In addition trumpet vines and passionflower vines are great host plants for honeybees, butterflys and hummingbirds. They make great fence cover and bloom beautifully throughout most of the summer and fall.
The neurological poisons affect people too.
The trees are fine, its the weather that’s the problem this year.
I’ve become a regular Rose of Sharon Johnny Appleseed in my little town. Every year I start a bout a dozen from seed and give them away to neighbors the next spring. They’re great for late season flowers from mid to late July till the first good frost.
Agreed. Anything coming out of ANY Public School of Health ought to be carefully scrutinized. Those Schools are absolutely infested with do-gooders, socialists, Obama-lovers, anticapitalists, and freedom-haters.
“The neurological poisons affect people too.”
Maybe that would explain the rise of liberalism?
It is certainly a disorder!
Leaving the hives?
The workers are rebelling it would seem.
Down with the Queen!
Down with unfair work hours!
Down with poor retirement packages!!!
Is any of this killing the Africanized killer bees?
Are hostile invasive species responsible for some of the lowering numbers?
Once again, I read news I need to know, or should know, from a foreign media and in this case, a far left rag. Even so, this research confirms what many beekeepers already know.
I’ve lost my last two hives, partly due to the cold and partly due to the city’s truck driving around the streets spewing a chemical aerosol to kill mosquitoes. Hopefully, I will be able to get another package of bees tomorrow.
That is some dangerous stuff. On the farm were I use to work, the men were damn careful when working with it. You didn't even go into the field until 24 hours after it was sprayed.
It would not surprise me that in banning DDT, the Government has instead promoted a replacement insecticide with more problems. Yet another case of "unanticipated problems".
The loss of honeybees in many countries in the last decade has caused widespread concern because about three-quarters of the world’s food crops require pollination.
While I am in no position to dispute the findings reported here, the writer of the piece proves himself ignorant with that sentence.
Honey bees are not native to the United States, and there are many many species of wild bees as well as other insects and even some birds that can pollinate our crops.
Lest anyone brand me an apiphobe, one of my adult sons is a beginning beekeeper, so I have grandbees.
Bur many of my fellow Freepers will tell you that insecticide is what makes food good.
They want a higher minimum wage I guess
Coastal Oregon had beautiful weather and the flowerrs stayed on the trees, for a change. I saw no honeybees at all this year, ‘til I saw ONE yesterday. If the Miner bees did their job, maybe there will be a crop.