why are all the bees disappearing?

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by sentient, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. sentient

    sentient Senior Member

    There is a crisis in Europe and USA. The honey bees are just disappearing. They abandon the hives and dont come back. They are nowhere to be found.
    http://www.celsias.com/blog/2007/03/15/bee-colony-collapse-disorder-where-is-it-heading/
    In the UK the Bumble bee is disappearing and at an alarming rate. The british ecology depends on the bumble bee and it is disappearing so fast that scientists are worried about catastrophic crop failure
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6438373.stm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_Collapse_Disorder

    I myself have observed some strange behaviour with the bees in britain.
    I have noticed many honey bees coming into the garden and hovering over the grass, then they go down into the grass and afterwards go to a patch of mud
    where it looks like they are trying to eat the mud before flying off. I have never seen this before and its unusual in that it is a species of bee I only normally would see around the white climbing plants on the wall. This year they are ignoring it and diving into the grass.

    I wondered if the UV from the sun could have affected their eyesight?

     
  2. Bees are often traumatized from the smoke bombs and other devices honey-collectors use. That might be the problem.
     
  3. Eugene

    Eugene Senior Member

    maybe they're leaving because the planet's about to be destroyed?
     
  4. mbworkrelated

    mbworkrelated Banned

    I heard it was because of the mobile phone masts - but that was in the Daily mail.

    To be fair i have read this idea in many differing places.

    newmediaexplorer.org
     
  5. A tiny bit of good news about bees.........


    In my yard, in Southern Indiana, I have apple trees in full bloom, and saw what I'm quite sure were honey bees up high in the trees, swarming around the blossoms and lighting there. Also saw bumblebees visiting the lilacs. I was thrilled to see them!
     
  6. Are there many phone masts in indiana?
     
  7. mbworkrelated

    mbworkrelated Banned

    yes
     
  8. White Feather

    White Feather Senior Member

    Bees are being killed by a flea like parasite.
     
  9. hotwater

    hotwater Senior Member

    The Apple tree in my backyard won't bloom for a couple of weeks - so i'll see for myself.

    On a side note: over the past couple of years there's been a plague of earthworms - has anyone else noticed [​IMG]

    Hotwater
     
  10. oldwolf

    oldwolf Waysharing-not moderating Super Moderator

  11. Michaela

    Michaela Member

    White Feather - just what is this "flea-like parasite" you speak of here - what precisely is this parasite? Do you know where it originated; and is it something that's been in existence for a long time? Do you know if it carries and transmits a disease of some sort to the bees; and that's what kills them?

    Michaela

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    one that can't be broken."
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  12. Eugene

    Eugene Senior Member

    Personally, i wouldn't be sad if all bees went extinct.
    bloody evil minded bastards that they are...
    (i had a bad experience as a child)...
     
  13. Caelynn

    Caelynn Yellow Butterfly

    i had a bad experience or two as well, but i dont wish death on them... plus the honey is so darn good :)
     
  14. ssreetnulov

    ssreetnulov Member

    Yeah! GOOD OPINION. Fucking dumbass! Bees pollenate everything. Try starving then. See if you get by.
     
  15. WWKCD729

    WWKCD729 Member

    Yeah, without bees, we would have 4 years to live, thats what albert einstein said...
     
  16. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    It has to do primarily with GM crops. These plants produce their own pesticide which is killing the bees. I am sure there are other factors as well, but this is the big one.
     
  17. mbworkrelated

    mbworkrelated Banned

    when and where did he say that ?
     
  18. hippy i am

    hippy i am poppy seed bagels

    Nice. I'm sure they sense those ultra-sensitive vibrations of man's impeding doom. This should work out nicely to prove this simple theory.
     
  19. White Feather

    White Feather Senior Member

    mites:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6299480

    See also: http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc98/8_8_98/fob1.htm
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Eugene

    Eugene Senior Member

    Well, the vogons were nice enough to give them a head's up about the earth being demolished for a freeway...

    Albert Einstein was a gifted physicist. However, he wasn't a biologist, so his opinions are pretty much as valid in this area as mine.

    there were flowering plants before bees, there will be flowering plants after bees. nature abhors a vacuum, and if the other pollinating insects' main rivals are killed off, their numbers will flourish.
     

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