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  • Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine

    10/10/2016 9:07:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 10 at 6:00 AM | Christopher Ingraham
    You've probably heard the bad news by now that bees were recently added to the endangered species list for the first time. But if you're part of the 60 percent of people who share stories without actually reading them, you might have missed an important detail: namely, that the newly endangered bees are a handful of relatively obscure species who live only in Hawaii. The bees you're more familiar with — the ones that buzz around your yard dipping into flowers, making honey, pollinating crops and generally keeping the world's food supply from collapsing? Those bees are doing just fine,...
  • ‘Like it’s been nuked': Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

    09/01/2016 3:20:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 65 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | September 1, 2016
    On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary — Flowertown...
  • Don’t Bee-lieve the Latest Bee-pocalypse Scare

    08/27/2016 5:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | August 27, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for “neonic” bans.Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations.Naturally, anti-pesticide activists have seized on a recent study purporting to show that wild bee deaths in Britain have...
  • Bees Swarm Couple After Car Crash

    08/03/2016 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies ^ | July 27, 2016 |
    LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A quiet summer night in Laurel County got shaken up by a loud crash, and a swarm of bees. Neighbors say they could hear the screaming all the way up the hills. People on Patton Spur Road don't see many cars come down the dead-end street. But last night, Gary Anderson watched from his porch as a purple Tracker veered on and off the pavement. "Then he passed probably going about 35-40 miles an hour, pretty fast really. And all the sudden, I heard a big boom," said Anderson. He says the driver, Noah...
  • Young Man Dies After Being Stung by 1,000 Bees While Hiking Arizona Trail: Sheriff’s Office

    05/27/2016 10:37:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 75 replies
    A 23-year-old man died Thursday after being swarmed by bees and stung 1,000 times while hiking in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, authorities said. Alex Bestler and a friend were on the Merkle Trail when a large swarm of bees descended on them “without provocation or warning” shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The victim’s friend — identified only as Sonya — managed to escape by seeking shelter in a restroom, but Bestler was overcome by the swarm, the release stated. He was lying on the ground covered in bees when Sonya returned...
  • Bees Chase Car for Two Days to Rescue Their Queen

    05/25/2016 12:07:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 25, 2016
    This is the story of a ferocious army determined to rescue their queen from a metal fortress. Or, viewed another way, a swarm of bees who, for two days, followed their queen bee trapped inside a Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander belongs to Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother, who had no idea she’d picked up a tiny winged passenger when she visited a nature reserve. Later, when she stopped to go shopping in Haverfordwest, West Wales, the bees descended – thousands and thousands of them. Tom Moses, who works as a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger, was driving by when he...
  • Concord Neighborhood Terrorized by Bees is Safer: Authorities

    05/15/2016 3:27:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Laura Malpert
    An East Bay neighborhood terrorized by a swarm of aggressive bees over the weekend is safer now, authorities said. Concord police told residents Sunday the bees have been mostly eradicated after an amateur beekeeper got rid of a hive Saturday night. A bee expert called to the neighborhood also declared the area safer. The bees began terrorizing the 3800 block of Hitchcock Drive on Friday, attacking residents, dogs and even a mail carrier. Concord police received a number of reports of "aggressive bees" in the area. According to one neighbor, two dogs died as a result of numerous bee stings....
  • Why Nature Prefers Hexagons

    04/28/2016 6:19:20 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 60 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 7 Apr, 2016 | Phillip Ball
    The geometric rules behind fly eyes, honeycombs, and soap bubbles. How do bees do it? The honeycombs in which they store their amber nectar are marvels of precision engineering, an array of prism-shaped cells with a perfectly hexagonal cross-section. The wax walls are made with a very precise thickness, the cells are gently tilted from the horizontal to prevent the viscous honey from running out, and the entire comb is aligned with the Earth’s magnetic field. Yet this structure is made without any blueprint or foresight, by many bees working simultaneously and somehow coordinating their efforts to avoid mismatched cells....
  • At Least 20 Stung by Swarm of Bees at Arizona Mosque

    04/03/2016 7:32:40 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/3/16 | Emily Shapiro
    A huge swarm of bees surrounded people at the Muslim Community Mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, in a terrifying moment caught on video. At least 20 people were stung Friday, Phoenix Fire Department spokeswoman Ardell Deliz told ABC News. One person -- a 24-year-old man -- was transported to the hospital in stable condition, Deliz said. Firefighters rushed to the scene and sprayed the area with a foam that calms the insects, but Deliz said it took at least a few hours until a bee keeper could come remove them.
  • Bee Swarm Attacks Members at Phoenix Mosque

    04/02/2016 4:32:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies ^ | April 2, 2016 | foxnews
  • What Happened on Oahu Didn’t Stay on Oahu

    03/26/2016 5:34:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 26, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    If modern activist groups held sway in the mid-nineteenth century, countless multitudes would have died from typhoid fever and cholera. The “miasma” paradigm held that the diseases were caused by foul air arising from putrid matter – and only dogged scientific work by William Budd, John Snow and others finally convinced medical and health authorities that the agent was lethal organisms in drinking water. Ultimately, the investigators’ persistence led to discoveries of Vibrio and Salmonella bacteria, the use of chlorine-based disinfectants for drains, water purification and hand washing, programs that kept sewage away from drinking water supplies, and steady advances...
  • The chemical behind the great bee dieoff

    12/30/2015 3:47:03 PM PST · by presidio9 · 107 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | Heather Leibowitz
    During these hectic weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many of us think a lot not only about family, but about food. As we gather around tables to talk, so many of our holiday rituals centers around eating: cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, applesauce for Chanukah latkes, honey-glazed ham for Christmas and — especially in the South — black-eyed peas and greens for good luck on New Year’s Day. Kwanzaa literally translates to “first fruits.” Yet many of these holiday favorites are endangered, because the bees they depend upon are dying by the millions. You may have heard about this...
  • Workers Jump Into Water to Escape Bees in Pembroke Pines

    09/30/2015 1:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fire rescue officials say half a dozen workers were spraying a marshy area Wednesday near Southwest 7th Street and 184th Terrace when they encountered the bees. Officials one of the workers was stung and was hospitalized. His condition is not known. Rescuers were initially concerned because the workers were separated when they jumped into the water, but officials said they were eventually all accounted for. Officials said the workers were on a boat spraying pest repellent when they encountered the bees.
  • ‘Killer Bees’ Found in the Bay Area for the First Time

    09/29/2015 10:31:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 28, 2015
    An Africanized breed of honeybees, sometimes known as “killer bees” because of its swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when its colony is threatened, has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say. The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but are likely attracted by the Bay Area’s warming...
  • Court rips EPA for approving Dow insecticide linked to honeybee deaths

    09/12/2015 8:04:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 11, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    A federal appeals court this week assailed the Environmental Protection Agency for approving a Dow AgroSciences insecticide linked to honeybee deaths, charging that the agency's action was based on flawed and inadequate data. The decision by a three judge panel in San Francisco was a huge win for beekeepers who have argued that the new type of insecticide targeted in the case one of the causes of "Colony Collapse Disorder" blamed for the deaths of millions of hives. It was a huge blow to Dow, which touted its pesticide Sulfoxaflor to investors. The company's stock took a hit on Wall...
  • Police: Golfer Dies After Being Stung By Bees In Michigan

    09/10/2015 12:32:57 PM PDT · by b4its2late · 33 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | September 10, 2015 1:08 PM | CBS Detroit
    DOVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) — Police say a golfer from Ohio has died after being stung at least 20 times by bees as he searched for a ball in woods in northern Michigan. Michigan State Police Sgt. Mark Tamlyn says Darryl Dever of Powell was pronounced dead Wednesday after having trouble breathing. Tamlyn told WWJ Newsradio 950 that Dever and a friend — a doctor — were golfing together at Treetops Resort’s north course when Dever went into the woods to retrieve a ball.
  • Bees Take Over Bike in Times Square

    08/04/2015 2:50:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NY1 ^ | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Times Square is usually buzzing with activity, but Tuesday, a different kind of buzz drew a lot of attention. A swarm of bees decided to visit, and take over a parked bicycle near 7th Avenue and 56th Street. The NYPD called in their beekeeper, who then rounded up the flying insects by vacuuming them. Officials say there are no reports of anyone being stung in the area. They believe the bees migrated because their hive was too full
  • Global Warming Is Killing Bumblebees, Study Claims

    07/14/2015 4:17:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Apex Tribune ^ | July 14, 2015 | Jenna Lewis
    A new research carried out by scientists at the Universities of Ottawa and Calgary claims that global warming is killing bumblebees. The climate change is affecting the habitats of the bumblebees and making them shrink in size. The bumblebees in Europe and North America are at risk of disappearing. Researchers have said that other species may adapt to the change in climate to a certain level and can expand their homes, but the conditions in the climate change didn’t allow the bumblebees to expand their homes as well.
  • Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

    07/09/2015 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 44 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | July 9, 2015 18:00 UTC | Alan Neuhauser
    Bumblebees, a linchpin of the global food supply, are vanishing across huge swaths of North America and Europe as a result of climate change, a new study says. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, apparently solve a mystery that's alarmed farmers, experts, policymakers and environmental advocates worldwide, as well as bedeviled researchers. While habitat destruction and potent pesticides known as neonicotinoids have destroyed some bumblebee populations, researchers concluded climate change has played the greatest role in the mass disappearance of bumblebee species, which pollinate plants and crops that are part of the food supply for both animals and...
  • Burt Shavitz, the Burt Behind Burt's Bees, Dies at 80

    07/06/2015 10:18:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    KSWO ^ | Jul 06, 2015
    he reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80. A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees said in an emailed statement Shavtiz died of respiratory complications in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by family and friends. Shavitz was a hippie making a living by selling honey when his life was altered by a chance encounter with a hitchhiking Roxanne Quimby. She was a single mother and a back-to-the-lander who impressed Shavitz with her ingenuity and self-sufficiency.
  • Concerned About Mass Die-Offs, Morgan Freeman Converted His 124-Acre Ranch Into a Bee Sanctuary

    05/31/2015 7:27:58 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 63 replies
    Healthy Debates ^ | 5/28/15 | Nick Meyer
    One of the most unique things about grassroots movements that a lot of people don’t realize is that they have the potential to pick up some pretty incredible, and oftentimes unexpected, allies as they grow in size and scope. Along the way, these new allies lend their own talents, perspectives, advice and more the movement. And sometimes, these allies end up being pretty influential simply by being themselves, as many people have especially noted with celebrities. Most celebrities, love ’em or hate ’em (and love or hate the system for that matter), are one-man or one-woman media outlets with the...
  • Bee Facts Change – Green Agendas Don’t

    05/16/2015 11:29:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 16, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    The White House finally appears ready to announce conclusions and policy recommendations from the Pollinator Task Force it appointed a year ago. Environmentalist groups eagerly await the decision. After clamoring and campaigning for years for government action, they hope to get tough restrictions on using innovative new insecticides called neonicotinoids.Agricultural interests await the decision with trepidation. A ban or broad restrictions would cost billions of dollars annually, force them to employ pesticides that are more difficult to use and more toxic for beneficial insects, and compel them to confront more secretive government “science” and faulty justifications for policies that are...
  • Overturned lorry spills millions of bees onto motorway

    04/18/2015 8:37:05 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4/18/15
    A lorry carrying 14 million honeybees scattered hundreds of hives when it overturned on a highway north of Seattle in the US state of Washington early on Friday. The lorry had just merged onto the Interstate 5 when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, officials said. The driver was not hurt, and authorities are investigating whether or not speed was the cause of the crash. The company that owns the insects, Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply of Burlington, sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible. It is believed that the total value of the...
  • Bees interrupt Barack Obama storytelling as children scream

    04/08/2015 4:59:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 8, 2015 | Telegraph Tv, AP
    A group of unwelcome bees disrupted US President Barack Obama's storytelling session for children at the launch of the White House Easter egg roll on Monday.
  • Bees cause pandemonium as Obama reads to kids

    04/06/2015 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies ^ | April 6, 2015 | Joe Kovacs
    It has happened yet again. President Barack Obama has been plagued by flying insects, and this time they interrupted the commander in chief as he was reading to children Monday morning at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. As the president was reciting lines from the famous book “Where the Wild Things Are,” bees began buzzing around the kids seated on the South Lawn at the White House. “Oh no, it’s a bee!” declared Obama when some children began to scream because of the insects. “It’s OK, guys.” Obama tried to assure the children everything would be fine, saying,...
  • Obama pressed to ban bee-killing pesticide before it's too late

    02/07/2015 9:10:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 5, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Several top environmental groups have joined with the honey bee industry to urgently demand that President Obama ban a pesticide many blame for the downfall of the world’s No. 1 food pollinator before it is too late.Fearing that Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is delaying action, the groups took the unusual step to press Obama directly in a letter that said inaction could jeopardize food supplies.“We hope that you will prioritize action on this issue of vital importance to our food system, economy and environment and make saving bees a key piece of your legacy as president,” said the letter provided...
  • Dangerous bee hives provide rich harvest of honey

    01/21/2015 10:03:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 25 replies
    Shar Porier
    MCNEAL — Once it housed soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca, then it was moved to McNeal and was filled with the sounds of happy feet dancing and the chattering of ladies at coffee cloches. Now abandoned, there are new inhabitants that really are no fun — killer bees. The irritable, six-legged flying pollinators have been in the building on Frontier Road for a number of years, tending huge honeycombs and creating problems for those who walk their dogs, ride horses or just take a morning stroll. If one puts out nectar for the hummingbirds and orioles in spring within the...
  • Feds won't ban pesticides said to kill honeybees, despite 800 studies

    11/27/2014 5:42:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Over 100 scientists worldwide, citing 800 studies, are demanding that the Obama administration follow Europe’s lead and put a moratorium on the use of a new-style pesticide blamed for the deaths of 30 percent of American honeybees every year. In a letter to the EPA and Agriculture Department, the scientists said there is overwhelming evidence from 800 studies that the pesticide family called neonicotinoids are to blame for the substantial declines in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies, all pollinators needed to help farmers produce billions of dollars worth of food every year. “The 108 signers of this letter therefore urge you...
  • A Crazy Guy Messing With Bees Wouldn't Normally Interest Me. Then I Saw This And.. Whoa.

    10/20/2014 6:03:52 PM PDT · by null and void · 14 replies
    Viral Nova ^ | DECEMBER 10, 2013
    Welcome, to Jurassic Park! ... Except now with no dinosaurs, and more bees! To celebrate the launch of its Highlander Honey whisky, Scotch whisky company Dewar's rallied an army of 80,000 bees and master bee keeper Robin Theron to create a bottle inspired sculpture made from honeycomb. It's part nature, and part 3-D printing...well 3-Bee printing? The start of the bottle honeycomb sculpture. The finished product, after the bees had done their incredible magic. Another sculpture entitled "The Drinking Man". Typically, honeybees build their honeycomb hives inward so that their queen can populate it with eggs. So in order to...
  • Dog saves kids from swarm of bees

    08/30/2014 2:49:55 PM PDT · by gorush · 18 replies
    channel3000 Madistan ^ | Aug 29 2014 09:57:58 AM CDT | anon
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  • Thousands of Wasps Found Nesting in UK Home, Devouring Bed

    08/27/2014 5:17:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Kami Dimitrova
    A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie, a local pest controller said. "I couldn't believe my eyes," John Birkett, an employee at Longwood Services Pest Control, told ABC News today, referring to the nest of an estimated 5,000 wasps. "It was like the horror film 'Birds' but [with] wasps." Birkett said he got a call from the homeowner’s son on Sunday about a nest that had taken over a bed in a spare bedroom in the home in Worchester, Hampshire. The...
  • Bee, scorpion and snake venom may hold cancer cure

    08/17/2014 8:05:51 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Jen Christensen
    A scientist at the University of Illinois, Dipanjan Pan, and his team say they may have found a way to stop cancer cell growth, according to a paper presented at the American Chemical Society conference this week. The work is in very early stages, but has shown success in stopping breast cancer and melanoma cell growth in lab tests. Pan's technique uses nanotechnology to deliver a synthesized element similar to the venom found in bees, snakes and scorpions.
  • Boston Researchers Train Bees To Detect Diabetes

    08/16/2014 7:30:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dr. Mallika Marshall
    “Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, not only in the U.S. but worldwide,” says Dr. Allison Goldfine, a diabetes specialist at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is helping foreign graduate students Tobias Horstmann and Juliet Phillips with their research project. They’re trying to use bees to sniff out diabetes. In collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, they are using a device to house the bees and observe the bees’ reaction. If a patient breathes into the device and acetone is detected, the bees stick out their tongues in response.
  • Nature's dying migrant worker

    06/29/2014 2:34:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    StarTrib ^ | 6/29/2024 | Josephine Marcotty
    SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. | First in an occasional series On a cool January day in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Steve Ellis culled his sick bees. The only sounds were their steady buzz and the chuffing of the smoker he used to keep them calm as he opened the hives, one by one, to see how many had survived. The painful chore has become an annual ritual for Ellis, and, hardened now like a medic on the front lines, he crowned another box with a big rock to mark it. “This one is G.A.D.,” he said. “Good...
  • Obama gives order to protect bees and bats

    06/21/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is hoping his latest executive action will create lots of buzz. Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Friday ordering the federal government to develop a plan for protecting pollinators such as honey bees, butterflies, birds and bats in response to mounting concerns about the impact of dwindling populations on American crops. "The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment," Obama said in the memo, which was sent to Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. According...
  • White House Unveils Bee Plan, Creates Strategy To Restore Pollinator Populations (Huh?)

    06/20/2014 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | June 20, 2014 23:10 GMT | Justin Streight
    The White House is finally addressing a serious, and misunderstood, problem with a new “bee plan.” The bee plan is a federal strategy to stop the sharp decline of pollinators, most notably bees, and restore pollinator populations to their previous buzzing glory. Can the White House end a problem that has alluded scientists and policy makers for over a decade? The bee plan is focused on habitats… and bureaucracy. The first step of the plan is form a task force. The group will include representatives from 14 major federal departments (click here for the full list).
  • Bee-saving effort unveiled by White House

    06/20/2014 12:06:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Desert Sun ^ | 6-20-2014 | Raju Chebium
    The White House on Friday announced a new effort to save honeybees, birds, bats, insects and other pollinator species that are critical for the nation's fruit, nut and vegetable growers but are dwindling rapidly. California's $4.8 billion almond industry — the world's biggest — is especially imperiled because the crops are exclusively pollinated by honeybees, which have experienced dramatic declines over the past 60 years, the White House said. Habitat loss, mite infestations, the loss of genetic diversity and increased exposure to pesticides are some of the reasons why there are only 2.5 million beehives in the U.S. today compared...
  • Woman, 91, Hospitalized After Bee Attack in Plantation

    06/07/2014 4:24:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A 91-year-old woman was hospitalized after she was stung more than 100 times in a bee attack in Plantation Tuesday, officials said. Firefighters responded to the woman's home at 1420 Campanelli Drive West around 7 p.m., officials said. The woman was stung more than 100 times and was transported to Westside Regional Hospital, Plantation Fire Rescue officials said. Firefighters sprayed foam on the bee hive to kill the bees, officials said.
  • Sting bomb: When millions of bees are unleashed

    05/22/2014 4:14:09 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 26 replies ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jason Nark
    NEWARK, Del. - A lone honeybee, its wings wet and its mind likely muddled, crawled across a porch on Old Cooches Bridge Road yesterday, a seemingly safe haven amid the bee-pocalyspe all around. Just 100 yards away, across the busy lanes of Interstate 95 near the University of Delaware, the scene along a northbound on-ramp resembled a tiny battlefield after a major conflict. Bees clung to a gnarled guardrail, barely moving, while others tried to fly between the raindrops, in and out of the many smashed, wooden hives spilled all over the small strip of grass. A traffic sign warned...
  • Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds

    05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-9-2014 | Damian Carrington
    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...
  • Beekeeper on harsh winter: 'It's a 100% loss for me'

    04/17/2014 10:38:54 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 77 replies
    HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local beekeeper who lost all of his honeybees this winter and he says it's happening across the state. Anyone can look at Don Lam's beehive and see piles of dead honeybees. However, for Lam, each hive also tells the story of a struggle to survive. "They vibrate their wing muscles and that vibration is similar to shivering," says Lam, a beekeeper in Holland. It was a fight that his nearly half a million honeybees lost to a long, harsh winter. "They had eaten there way all the way to the top, had run out of...
  • Perils of Commercial Beekeeping

    04/05/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | April 5, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive. California’s Central Valley produces over 80% of the world’s almonds, valued at over $4 billion in 2012. The boom is poised to continue, with new food products and expanding overseas markets increasing demand to the point that no young almond trees are available for purchase until 2016. Demand for almonds translates into demand for pollination. So every year...
  • Pollinating with Politics: If it’s time to plant the garden it must be Spring, right?

    04/04/2014 8:21:29 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-4-2014 | MOTUS
    Another day, another opportunity for political propaganda. Today it’s all about the bees.White House Bees to be precise Washington, DC -  A new pollinator garden, a new pawpaw tree, and oat seeds for her South Lawn plot:  First Lady Michelle Obama had a series of  historic firsts and sunny weather on Wednesday afternoon as she welcomed an excited crowd of local school children and members of FoodCorps to the sixth annual Spring planting of her White House Kitchen Garden. Clad in black jeans, a grey t-shirt, a billowy steel-grey anorak and black leather tennis shoes, Mrs. Obama was ebullient as...
  • Honey Bees

    02/08/2014 5:04:27 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 37 replies
    08 Feb 2014 | US Navy Vet
    Well to day I ordered 2 3 lb PKGS of ( This will be my first go with this type of Honey Bee(in the past I have kept Italian Honey Bees( Wish me luck!
  • Zombie Bees Invade Eastern U.S.

    01/31/2014 2:54:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | January 29, 2014 1:10PM | Beth Garbitelli
    Amid other environmental scourges, such as cold weather and viruses, Vermont beekeepers are seeing an influx of zombie bees. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee, causing neurological damage and erratic, jerky movement and night activity, "like a zombie."Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat Relevant Products/Services emerged: zombie bees. Beekeeper Anthony Cantrell of Burlington discovered zombie bees in his hive in October, the first time they'd been found in the eastern United States.
  • Another Environmental Lie Exposed: Bees are Thriving

    01/31/2014 7:03:22 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/30/2014 | Alan Caruba
    I cannot say it strong enough. Do not believe the lies that environmental groups, particularly those that receive millions from liberal foundations and from members who never question the “science” they claim to justify massive scare campaigns. One such organization is Friends of the Earth (FOE) and its latest claim is that bees are dying all over the world as the result of the use of pesticides in agriculture and by people protecting their gardens. It is a lie. The attack on the use of pesticides began in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” that claimed that...
  • Bees can’t sniff out flowers because of CARS: Diesel fumes change the odor of blooms…

    10/03/2013 2:35:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:38 EST, 3 October 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    Diesel pollution makes it harder for honeybees to find flowers by changing the chemical make-up of their scent, scientists have found. Honeybees use floral odors to find flowers that will give the best yields of pollen and nectar, but diesel fumes can affect their ability to locate and recognize the plants, potentially affecting pollination and ultimately global food security. British researchers took eight chemicals found in the odor of oilseed rape flowers and mixed them both with clean air, which had no impact on the scent, and air containing diesel fumes. When mixed with diesel fumes, six of the eight...
  • Giant Deadly Hornets Kill Dozens In China; Venom Dissolves Flesh and they Can Spray It

    09/30/2013 10:18:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | September 30, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I have received hundreds of emails regarding my post Attack of the "Digger Bees". Many suggested getting an EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector? for Liz and we will do that. Many pointed out that "digger bees" are not bees but rather wasps. That is something I knew but did not mention in my post. I responded to some individuals that I like bees, and even have a "humble bumble" home for bumblebees, and I put out nests for mason bees. With that backdrop, some of you may be interested in Giant Deadly Hornets Kill Dozens And Injure Hundreds In China. Deadly hornets...
  • Endangered: EPA finally comes to defense of honey bees

    08/26/2013 8:59:51 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Under pressure from Congress and the honey industry, the EPA is ordering an immediate reduction in the use of widely used pesticides, an admission that bug killers approved by the agency are partly responsible for the disappearance of honey bees. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the labeling on pesticides to reduce their use in fields when bees are present, the first significant concession provided to the honey industry which has reported bee kills of over 50 percent among some commercial beekeepers. It comes too late for many honey bees that pollinated blueberries, nuts and fruit trees earlier this year,...
  • 100,000 Bees Removed From Cypress Family's Tree

    08/03/2013 9:29:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    KHOU ^ | August 2, 2013 | Sherry Williams
    A bee removal expert took care of the thousands of bees that had been busy building a huge hive in a Cypress woman’s front yard. One beekeeper told Cheryl Best that 100,000 bees were living in the hive. That all changed Friday with the help of bee expert Anthony Samilo. “We call this a tree hugger, bees that build on the sides of trees,” he said. “The bees are going to get plenty aggressive when I get up there, and they are probably going to attack anybody on the ground.” When the bees started to swarm, curious neighbors who were...