Skip to comments.Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive
Posted on 01/28/2014 8:35:49 AM PST by onedoug
Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to new research. Scientists also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
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Not to mention the wholesale napalming of entire cities for mosquitoes when West Nile Virus scares crop up. I have never seen such knee jerking in all my life. And I chalk it up to the suffocating culture of political correctness.
When my tree blooms in Spring the bees go nuts over it, but they are wild bees ..
Great. I was just about to buy some PRS-100 which is mostly N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone.
No, the DDT wasn't sprayed on the hives. But it was sprayed on the cows when they came into the barn for milking or eating. It was part of the routine to stand by door, open it just far enough for the cows to file in single file, aim and spray it at their backside as they passed.
Our hives were no more than 100 yards from the barn on the other side of the cow pasture Our barn cats lived fat healthy lives on rodents which attempted to get at our grain supply and milk that we boys "accidentally" squirted at them while we were milking.
We also had barn swallows in each end of the barn every year. They produced healthy babies every year despite the concentration of DDT which must have been in that barn.
There are two errors in the first sentence of this article. Two of the 4 chemicals are NOT used on crops, but are placed in the hives by beekeepers to control mites that parasitize the bees. Mites are NOT insects, they are arachnids (related to ticks).
The more I hear about DDT, the more I wonder why we aren’t using it anymore. I recall there was a big hub bub about it back in the 70s and 80s, but I was a wee lad at the time.
You are right. But not all beekeepers use these harsh chemicals to control mites. Husband and I are hobbyist beekeepers and we avoid using these for mite control. Of course, we lose a lot of bees each year, but are willing to do that in order to have honey that is chemical free.
20-25 years ago I would come home from work in the summer and see my butterfly garden full of butterflies- maybe 25- 30 of them. They would be on the butterfly bush or on the cone flowers, etc. Nowadays, I feel lucky to see 1 a week, maybe a dozen in total during the summer. And bees, lots of bees around our house....but they are nasty yellow jackets. I rarely see lightening bugs anymore either. As a kid, I remember seeing hundreds every night during the summer. Not anymore.....at least not in my area.
We had the healthiest cattle, bees, cats and barn swallows for miles around. Go figure.
As an added bonus, Mom and Dad raised six kids and not a single one of us grew up to be a bed wetting libtard. A pretty notable accomplishment when you realize all six of us got four year degrees, five of us earned graduate degrees and two of the five earned PhDs. Not bad for a father who grew up on a reservation.
Anyway, the pesticide theory of bee colony collapse may provide an easier explanation, but I don't think it will be determined as the cause once that determination is made. That fact will deeply sadden the anti-GMO Luddites.
There is a rise in malaria in places like Panama after they banned DDT.
Thanks for catching that.
We used to run behind the DDT spray truck in New Mexico back in 1956. It was cool on a hot day.
I camped a few days this past summer in a remote national forest far from any agricultural areas and the honey bees were thick as flies.
“We used to run behind the DDT spray truck in New Mexico back in 1956.”
Next to the the ice cream man the mosquito fogger trucks where I grew up had the same pied piper effect on the neighborhood kids.
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