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Terminal Decline: 1/3 of US honeybees did not survive winter - for fourth straight year

Another potential candidate for the Black Swan:

Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.

The decline of the country's estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died and scientists are no nearer to knowing what is causing the catastrophic fall in numbers.

The number of managed honeybee colonies in the US fell by 33.8% last winter, according to the annual survey by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the US government's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

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...I have heard reports about...

...folks that use organic methods to keep their bees, that they are not experiencing any problems... XD
...Instead of THAT being promoted, and all over the media,stay tuned for a flood of "new" gov information that reveals we need MORE GMO, pesticide poisons and regulations against organic practices...

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Most other bee species are not generalist pollinators.

There are about 20,000 bee species worldwide, 4,000 in the US, but most confine their nectar harvest to just one or a few plant species. The honeybee is exceptional among bees in its willingness to nectar from a wide variety of blooms and is thus of major importance to orchardists and truck farmers as a crop pollinator.

Some herb crops are visited by a wide variety of bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, and other pollinators and would be little affected by the disappearance of the honeybee. Many fruits, however, would not develop from blossoms in the absence of the honeybee.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

See my post about Blue

See my post about Blue Orchard Mason and Leafcutter bees.

The honeybee, as a single species that is a generalist, active for three of four seasons, and building large populations in easily-transported hives (which they don't lose track of after a move), is convenient and inexpensive to use as a commercial pollination service. But while not all bees are so general or have such a long active season, there are a number of them that, together, can take over the job.

Mason bees are less efficient at collecting pollen - which makes them far more efficient at pollinating. Each must visit many more plants to collect enough pollen to raise a brood. So a small number of bees can pollinate all the plants in a large area.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Genetically Modified Organisms

is the answer. All of the tinkering with natural biology - anything edible vegetation that the bees pollinate IMO.


A new study by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that scientists still do not know the exact cause of the disorder that has resulted in the mysterious disappearance of billions of honeybees. However there is some evidence that the bees may have been infected with multiple viruses that combined to create "the perfect storm."

This troubling phenomenon is the subject of a new documentary titled "The Last Beekeeper." The film follows commercial beekeepers from Montana, Washington, and South Carolina in an effort to shed light on the vital importance of honeybees and the struggles they face.

In recent years scientists have observed a pattern of abnormal behavior in colonies of honeybees across the nation - a puzzling phenomenon that could have far-reaching consequences. Thousands of colonies are dying off, and the cause remains a mystery. The problem began in 2006 and peaked last year. It is estimated that this phenomenon has resulted in the deaths of as much as 46 percent of the honeybee population throughout the United States.

Colony Collapse Disorder

For lack of a better name, scientists have dubbed this phenomenon "colony collapse disorder." Colony collapse disorder or CCD is the rapid and unexpected loss of adult worker bees from the colony over a very short period of time. Bees are flying off in search of pollen and nectar and simply never returning to their colonies. And nobody knows why. Researchers say the bees are presumably dying in the fields, perhaps becoming exhausted or simply disoriented and eventually falling victim to the cold.

According to a report by the National Research Council, "In CCD, the bee colony proceeds rapidly from a strong colony with many individuals to a colony with few or no surviving bees. Queens are found in collapsing colonies with a few young adult bees, lots of brood, and more than adequate food resources. No dead adult bees are found in the colony or outside in proximity to the colony. A unique aspect of CCD is that there is a significant delay in robbing of the dead colony by bees from other colonies or invasion by pest insects; this suggests the presence of a deterrent chemical or toxin in the hive."

Experts say that large-scale bee die-offs have happened before. However never before has the cause of death been so elusive. Scientists have so-far been unable to identify what is causing the deaths. The most likely possibilities are a parasite, an unknown virus, some kind of bacteria, pesticides, or some combination of these factors. A few have even suggested that the problem could be the result of fluctuations in the earth's magnetic field. Scientists believe the magnetic field is what enables migrating birds and other animals and insects - such as bees - to navigate. The problem has prompted congressional hearings and has left scientists around the world scrambling to find answers.

Why Are Bees So Important?

The reason experts are so concerned is that honeybees make more than just honey. Honeybee hives are rented out to growers to pollinate their crops, and many commercial beekeepers move around the country as the growing seasons change. Each year, an estimated more than 2 million bee colonies are rented out to farmers. What most people don't realize is that there are more than 90 crops that rely on honeybees for pollination. Among them are: apples, oranges, avocados, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, citrus fruit, melons, peaches, pears, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, soybeans, almonds and various other nuts, as well as a wide variety of other crops. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about one-third of our food supply comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination. Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees.

Kevin Hackett, head of the USDA's bee and pollination program, described colony collapse disorder as "the biggest general threat to our food supply." He also said that if the collapse worsens, we could end up being "stuck with grains and water."

In the US, honeybees are used to pollinate 15 billion dollars worth of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other crops annually. Zac Browning, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation, described the importance of the bee population by saying "Every third bite we consume in our diet is dependent on a honeybee to pollinate that food." Thus the continued loss of billions of honeybees could have a substantial impact on our food supply and our economy. To learn more about this subject click on the links below.

Related Links:
• New Documentary Looks at Plight of the Honeybee - CNN
• New Clues in the Mass Death of Bees - TIME
• Life Without Bumblebees? It's Not Just Honeybees - AlertNet
• Global Pestilence - Strategic Trends
• Behold A Black Horse - 66/40 Radio Broadcast - Listen Free!


the mosquitoes sure the hell did. I got eaten alive tonight

With all the mutagens being

With all the mutagens being spewed into the air by multinationals, the bees will likely speciate and adapt. This slump is temporary.

I am out of touch with most Americans precisely because I am not out of touch with reality.

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We're not helpless. Here's what

individuals can do:


Does anyone think that bee deaths could be related to all the (now covert, but soon to be overt) "geoengineering" that sprays aluminum and other metals and biological material from high altitude planes all across the country on a daily basis? Sound plausible to me.

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...global warming...


Save the Bees. Search: bee hive rense.com

Test Question: To kill bees:

  • a. Cover land with coal soot (sold as fertilizer)
  • b. Poison plants and animals (herbicide and pesticide)
  • c. Genetically modify plants
  • d. Microwave (cell phone; wireless)
  • e. All of the above?

    Look for many answers; just one will not do.

    • Coal Burning Soot
      • Scrubbers filter soot from smoke stacks. Then what?
      • Less soot in air
      • More soot piled high in toxic mess out back.
      • Toxic mess sold as "fertilizer" to farms and rances. High nitrogen good. Toxic mess bad.
      • Plants grow in spite of toxic mess
      • Profit selling toxic soot (see sad toxic fluoride poison story)
      • Coal soot and its toxic soup of heavy metals, etc.
    • Genetically Modified Crops
    • Pesticide and Herbicide are Poison to animal and plant disrespectfully
    • Microwave (cell phone, wireless, etc.)
    • Some damage from mites. Etc.
    • Natural rhythms? Some plus/minus effect.

    My sense is: Poison (toxic coal soot sold as fertilizer perhaps #1 cause),Gen Mod, Microwave

    Stop creating, selling and spreading toxic poisonous mess. Everyone, including bees, benefit from a healthy world.

    ### Here is a sample of a search: Bee Hive Rense.com
    To Bee Or Not To Bee - CCS And EMF
    rense.com. To Bee Or Not To Bee Colony collapse syndrome, the role of emf, potential ... With CCS no bees are found in the hives. Microwave interference is the ... It has been noted that the hive itself acts as a resonator in tune with ...
    www.rense.com/general78/cdan.htm - Cached - Similar
    Honey Bee Die-Off And Morgellons
    ... of massive infestations of Varroa mites in bee hives across the ...
    Mad Bee Disease Hits France - Bees Unable To Find Own Hives
    Mad Bee Disease Hits France - Bees Unable To Find Own Hives ...

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

You missed f. Imported

You missed f. Imported disease.

CCD showed up shortly after the US lifted restrictions on the importation of bees.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Bee News: Imported Bees Kill Native Bees.

Very interesting.

Long ago I heard more native Americans (aka: Indians) died from disease brought by Europe and Africa, than battles.

Could it be imported bees?

Our elite keepers could propose national "bee id"... But, only for the worker bees.

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. ID for worker people.
B.E.E. L.I.V.E. ID for worker bees.

Guard this information carefully. Ben Franklin once joked about the imbecilic proposal of "Daylight Savings Time." The government could promise saving for nothing w/o harm nor benefit. Just saving for savings sake. An imbecile actually mistook the proposal as a good idea. And you know the rest of the story.

Please, let's look into the imported bee story.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

For Anybody Interested In Beekeeping.

Here is a link to the Oregon beekeepers association chat site:


Have fun !


I know a Russian who says they have experienced no change

to their bee populations in spite of comparable levels of herbicides and insecticides. The Russian people are much more food self-sufficient, producing more fruits and vegetables than commercial farming. Bees do well in undisturbed apiaries. This is the key.

"Be wary of those who know the truth. Align yourself with those who are questing for the truth." L. Gardner

Yeah, but are

their bee farms more decentralized?

That means more diversity of populations.

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The Russian immigrants around Spokane,

Washington are very good at beekeeping. The Russians told us that in the USSR beekeeping was the only way the state allowed the people to make money, so many people took the opportunity.

A True Funny Story.

About 10 years ago, before the department of homeland security was formed, I was selling Honey and bee products in an open air market, when a small delegation { about 10 people } directly from Russia came to check out our market place.

The city I was selling in helped sponsor the Russian delegation, on their tour, so many local City and state dignitaries were on hand to translate and act important dressed in their expensive suits.

When the Russian delegation spotted me they made a bee line to my Honey booth. Naturally I couldn't communicate with them. Several translators were called, and suddenly I was the center of attention, something I hadn't experienced, in a long time.

It seems the most prestigious occupation, in the area of Russia where they were from, was beekeeping and producing Honey .

I got more attention than the local Mayor and all the political types hanging around.
All I could do was try to hide my embarrassment over all the attention.

Oh yes, I sold quite a few jars of Honey also.


What a great story!

The reason we talked to Russians about bees is because there is one day a year at one location that area beekeepers can buy bee packages and queens. All the beekeepers show up there on that day.

It's Odd

We have more Wasp's in southern Oklahoma City. Our yard (1.3 acres) is filled with those li'l yellow flowers and I think I've seen maybe 1 Bee out there but many Wasp's.

To bee honest I'm not too concerned about it. I bet it has something to do with shifting weather patterns or something. They'll be back. Who knows, maybe we've had too many?

Was concerned

But becoming less so. West TX, Concho Vally... bees everywhere. 2 kinds I've seen, don't know if I'm calling them the right things, but I call em "honey" (smaller) and "bumble" (more black, and huge).

Yellow jackets not as bad so far this year, and not too many of those mean looking big red wasps either, thankfully.

Wish we'd get those horny toads back. They used to be Everywhere, in shoes, drawers, all over the yards... now... nothin.

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Maybe they'll be back...

Maybe not.

Something to keep in mind, not just for the bees, but for us as well, is that 99% of the species that have ever lived on earth are now extinct.

Noodle on that for a little while.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Then wouldn't it stand to reason....

that 90% of the species alive today have evolved from a different species.... us included?

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

The King is coming!

and I don't mean Charles.

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

The king bee? No such thing,

The king bee? No such thing, just a queen and some drones.

Just the way God meant it to be

for all living things. :D


They will be the death of us all unless we do something!!

"Human beings with love and compassion are some of the most beautiful creatures in the universe... Those without are a plague on us all."

they won't be the death of us

they won't be the death of us and you aren't going to do anything