Prague Twin

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Buzz (or lack of it)

By now, I'm sure you have all heard the buzz that the bees are disappearing.

I don't have much to add here except, seriously, it is time to panic. That, and that this type of event reminds us all that we live in an ecosytem that is interconnected. We can go on killing everything around us and destroying our environment, but some day, it is going to bite us back.

Let's hope it is not today.

Postscript: Another in-depth article (CSM)

h/t: Publia



  • I've heard two theories, one on a new pesticide that's causing it, the other one possible link to cell phone towers...either way, not good.

    By Blogger Frederick, at 2:12 PM  

  • Wait, are you saying that you know where the bee colonies are going? No one else seems to know.

    By Blogger Roger Fraley, at 3:27 PM  

  • Chuck Harder ( ) was talking about this eight to ten years ago. At one time some "experts"(?) thought "Killer Bee's might be destroying our Honey Bee's. I think it could be the same folks that have brought use the super seeds.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

    By Blogger David Schantz, at 8:44 PM  

  • As Karl Rove told Sheryl Crow and Laurie David at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, nobody has spent more money researching global warming and environmental problems than the Bush administration...and they have concluded there aren't any.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 9:32 PM  

  • Oh thank god, rbe. I feel so much better...

    By Anonymous abi, at 1:25 AM  

  • Colony collapse disorder is really, really serious from a crops standpoint. I am willing to give up my cell phone if necessary, but I wonder if other people would. Hopefully we will have some answers as to the extent of the problem in the next month or two. The Xerces Socity is following this closely: Website

    By Blogger Publia, at 5:22 AM  

  • I think everyone is mistified. There are several possible theories. I don't personally buy the mobile phone theory, because why would it be just showing up now?

    More likely it is a monoculture, pesticide, immune deficiency combination.

    Boy, it really is the little things that count sometimes.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 10:46 AM  

  • As I understand it, the old hive has honey and a queen but very few workers---they've vanished. I guess we could search for dead bees in the 4 square miles around the hive. I personally assume they are dead, but it's not like the queen is dead with no new queens and drones 'on line.' The hive will increase through the summer and be af full strength next season if there is no further disappearances. So, troubling and weird (but not unique--apparently this happens all the time) but not quite the end of agriculture as we know it.

    By Blogger Roger Fraley, at 2:50 PM  

  • First of all, what is particularly stange is that other bees have not come to invade the hive as is usual. Rats are eating the hives now that there is no protection.

    Secondly, you are correct that bee disappearances are not unprecidented, but the current even is unprecidented in scale.

    Let's hope you are right, though, anyway.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 3:25 PM  

  • Here in North Carolina our beekeepers have been battling hive destruction by a parasite for several years now. I'm not sure if the two types of incidences are related...

    By Anonymous rockync, at 3:26 AM  

  • Rockync,

    I don't think they are because the current event is yet to have a culprit.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 12:36 PM  

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