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Az Gardener
04-30-2007, 09:19 PM
Sounds like a stupid question I know but I am just wondering what you have noticed in your area or heard?

In case you have missed the news reports, the short version is that many bee keepers report that the bee's are disappearing. Some have reported half of their hives just disappeared. They can't even find dead bees to autopsy they just abandon the hives and are not to be seen from. This problem is not limited to the US and is occurring overseas too.

I have lots of Jasmine in full bloom right now and it is typically covered in bee's and I have not seen a single one this year.

DBL
04-30-2007, 09:25 PM
i dont care where they went as long as theyre not here....ive seen a few but now that you mention it i havent seen too many

LindblomRJ
04-30-2007, 09:41 PM
Not certain what is going on. There is cause for concern.

Roger
04-30-2007, 09:54 PM
There is a real cause for concern. To suggest "... not here," is the suggests a lack of understanding of their importance. There have been many stories this past Winter about the depletion of the population.

Bees play a very important role in the cycles of nature. They are the primary pollination agent for crops. In areas highly populated with orchards, beekeepers bring in many hives, placing them right in the orchards. The bees are there for the purpose of doing the pollination. Lack of pollination means that the fruit trees don't get pollinated, hence no fruit. In many areas across the US, this is a critical problem.

Depletion of the bee population does not seem to be limited to one area. Apparently, many areas are reporting the same problem, but the explanation for their demise remains a mystery.

Here is one of many stories:

http://www.smm.org/buzz/blog/to_bee_or_not_to_bee_huge_numbers_of_the_insects_are_vanish

capelawncare.com
04-30-2007, 09:55 PM
We have a detached garage out back. It is made out concrete block. A whole nest of Africanized honey bees actually took up residence inside the hollow part of block. They got in there where the electricity comes into the wall.

Anyhow, I was string trimming about 10 feet from there. When a swarm of them flew out of the wall and attacked me. Fortunatly I actually saw them come at me, and took of like a bat outta hell, and only managed to get stung in head about a half dozen times.

I am very gratefull i wasnt right next to the wall. I had pest company come in, and after a few hours, and several hundred dollars, there are enough dead bee's laying on the floor to fill a small trash can. Couldnt tell you how many dead ones are still in the wall. The pest guy told he could hear the whole wall buzzing, said it was the worst case he had ever seen.

dcondon
04-30-2007, 10:07 PM
The cherry growers are crying up north of here because there bees are all gone. I feel bad for all of the people that rely on them...

jt5019
04-30-2007, 10:22 PM
Today was my first full day of mowing and i came across quite a few bees... Maybe not as many as normal but it really hasn't been very warm here yet.

grandview (2006)
04-30-2007, 10:25 PM
This was in the paper the other day about this.
http://www.buffalonews.com/182/story/62232.html

Grassmechanic
05-01-2007, 08:42 AM
There is a fungi that is killing bees, but a recent article that I just read suggested that the bees that are abandoning their hives are doing so because of cell phone frequency waves that are screwing up their ability to return to their hives. Pretty scary for the world's production of fruits and vegetables if this is indeed true.

Eakern & Dog
05-01-2007, 09:40 AM
but a recent article that I just read suggested that the bees that are abandoning their hives are doing so because of cell phone frequency waves that are screwing up their ability to return to their hives. Pretty scary for the world's production of fruits and vegetables if this is indeed true

I wonder if wi-fi internet is contributing as well. I live near a college campus that recently launched a huge wi-fi network for the students last summer. I had a poor crop of pumkins that following summer/fall because of few bees.

Fox Lawn & Garden
05-01-2007, 09:27 PM
Today I mowed two LARGE grassy areas that were covered with dandeloins. Think in acreS....Thousands upon thousands of blooms. I counted 3 honey bees total, and 3 carpenter bees. There should of been lots 'o bees there. I'm worried.
I'm planting a large garden and hope their numbers improve soon. A funny thing is, last week there were several on the inside of the garage door that i let excape.

jt5019
05-01-2007, 10:22 PM
Found the bees!!

Bee Swarm Shuts Ark. Hospital's ER.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ORQTLG0&show_article=1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A swarm of bees clustered outside the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center shut down the emergency room Monday, as officials waited for a beekeeper to come vacuum up the 7,000 insects.

Although no one was stung, the Little Rock emergency room still decided to be closed for ambulance traffic.

"We'll take walk-ins, but ambulances are being diverted to other hospitals," UAMS spokeswoman Andrea Peel said.

Doctors did not see any patients with bee stings, but emergency room physician Dr. Delaney Kinchen said it was an important precaution to close the ER while clearing out the bees.

"I've been stung thousands of times and never had any problems, but I know people who've been stung twice and almost died," he said.

Beekeeper Harvey Johnston arrived Monday afternoon to remove the beehive.

"Somewhere around here was a beehive that got overcrowded," he said. "When bees get crowded, (the queen) leaves and takes a portion of the bees with her."

The emergency room reopened shortly after 2 p.m., Peel said.

Roger
05-02-2007, 06:27 AM
Two more recent articles:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-04-30-honeybees_N.htm?csp=34

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/04/researcher_purs.html?csp=34

Roger
05-03-2007, 10:03 PM
And, more articles,

http://www.postgazette.com/pg/07123/782933-28.stm

http://www.postgazette.com/pg/07123/782934-28.stm