Friday, March 14, 2008

Bee Alert !

 

 

                                           

Everyone on earth knows we've mysteriously lost almost 70% of the honey bee population to something called CCD.  I just thought I'd drop a few other details, talk about bees, here at my virtual platform <smile>

Killer bees, as they're called - "africanized" American honey bees - are no more vicious than any other bee.  If you swat at them, they'll get annoyed.  That's it.

Honey bees are over 30 million years on this planet.

They fly at speeds up to 5 mph.

They have 5 eyes.

A typical hive contains over 60,000 members.

The disappearance of so many honey bees is called Colony Collapse Disorder, and is most alarming to all the sciences because of the incredible range of influence these insects have. 

One-third of our diet is dependant upon a healthy honey bee population.  And here they are, almost on the brink of exhinction with no exact cause.

Scientists have found no pathologies, no pathogens, they've even investigated the effects of cell phone frequencies in the atmosphere - all to no real conclusion.  We do know that a bee will leave the hive to collect pollen but seems unable to find its way back. 

Honey bee use is a $15 billion dollar a year industry.  I think that's the real reason so many agencies are looking into this phenom seriously.  Money shouts - nature whispers her warning. 

 

 

 

 

 

21 comments:

kirkbyj05 said...

Money shouts -  nature whispers.

Cynical but so very true Cathy.

Jeanie xxx

attitudeslc said...

Thanks!  This scares the dickens out of me!  I pray the bees find their way home.  I couldn't post pictures this morning.  I had to drag and drop.  I hope it worked.

~Rosemary

preciousone25 said...

This is so sad.... I hadn't heard of any of this.. I just thought that the africanized bees were taking over and 'affecting' the honey bees, like with a contagious disease type of thing.  This is serious and scary.  I think that people are killing the wrong kind of bees.... I know at ours schools, they kill every beehive they see, for the safety of the children, but I'm not sure how (OR IF) they know if they're honey or africanized.  Hmmm.... gonna find out today!

Joann

pharmolo said...

It's a lot more serious than people think, Cathy. When the honeybee dies out and ceases to pollinate, mankind will follow in its wake 7 years later.

bhbner2him said...

Well, if money shouting gets the bees an answer that saves them, then wonderful!  Excellent!  -  Barbara

attitudeslc said...

Congrats on winning the weekly sentence!  I'm going to have to share that in my blog next week on Glenns update!

~Rosemary

breakaway1968 said...

Congrats on you recent sentence win!  I like yours...so very true!

sybilsybil45 said...

It really is a very serious concern the death of the bees.  even over here in the UK the bee hives are under threat.  Love Sybil xx

rockoned7 said...

Well, bee all they can bee! That would answer nature's plight not just give us the honey money. Great point though. ED

rockoned7 said...

You won a weekly sentence? Must have missed it, but such prestige eh? ED

hadonfield78 said...

Thank you for sharing that. It was very educational. I was not aware of all those things...

lv2trnscrb said...

wow, that is interesting; I didn't know this about the bees; I do hope they find what is causing them not to return to their hives

first time visiting your blog; just popped over to tell you congrats for winning Val's weekly sentence for this week but then I saw your comment not to comment unless I read the entry and so I did :) and then I learned something I didn't know

betty

lanurseprn said...

Scary that they can't find their way back to the hive. I wonder why? All I know is that there are lots of bees here that are alive and well...and getting more as Spring descends upon us.
Have a great weekend.
Pam

mutualaide said...

In this instance, it's okay with me if the money shouts, as long as its shouting produces that whisper of nature.

pamal3 said...

I may avoid them like the plague, but I respect them. Congratulations on winning sentence of the week. You clever lady. Love Pam xx

ksquester said...

Well I'm bee damned!  We have plenty of bees out here in AZ.  We have had a wet cool winter and now everything wild flower and plants are starting to bloom. Still have problems with Africanized bees here, but mainly just honey bees. They loved to find a whole in the stucco and nest in your walls, then you will see honey dripping down your walls.   Anne

gazker said...

I have read about this and it's pretty scary too. I also here we won't have bananas soon either? (That's not a joke but fact)
Gaz x

wwfbison said...

It's such a shame they are on the verge of extinction.  Hopefully for once big business will find the cause and help these little fellows out.  We had a ground nest of yellow jackets for a few years beside the house, we just left it alone.  Well last summer it was out of control ~ they were buzzing everywhere so I phoned a man who takes them away and destroys the nest.  He doesn't kill them, they are taken somewhere to breed again for medical reasons...I didn't ask any more questions after that.  Anyway, he said it was the second largest nest he had ever seen and thought he took out about 10000 bees...yikes, I was mowing & weedeating next to that!!!!!  :o  They never stung or attacked me or the dogs though.  Sorry to ramble.
Lisa

charismaticwink said...

The disappearance of the honeybee scares me to death.  It's indicative of something so seriously off-kilter that man might not be able to put it right again...

gehi6 said...

I find this very alarming.  Reminds me of when the question a few years ago was where have all the frogs gone.  This is an evenmore alarming occurrence.  I hope they figure out soon what is wrong.   Gerry http://journals.aol.com/gehi6/daughters-of-the-shadow-men/  

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