Seems the bees keep dying.
Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms
By MICHAEL WINES
Published: March 28, 2013
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.
A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment, colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor.
The pesticide industry disputes that. But its representatives also say they are open to further studies to clarify what, if anything, is happening.
“They looked so healthy last spring,” said Bill Dahle, 50, who owns Big Sky Honey in Fairview, Mont. “We were so proud of them. Then, about the first of September, they started to fall on their face, to die like crazy. We’ve been doing this 30 years, and we’ve never experienced this kind of loss before.”
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the article sez the norm is 5 to 10 percent annual loss, but it's running much higher now. about 50 percent.
Rep. Blumenauer has introduced a bill to help the bees. I think it's appropriate that the sponsor is named 'blumenauer.' :-bd The bloomin' flowers need those little critters or else they can't keep going and reproduce themselves.
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