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Bee colonies drop another 29 percent: 'Something is going wrong,' Florida beekeeper says

By SUSAN SALISBURY | Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Honeybee losses nationwide continue at a level that is economically unsustainable for commercial beekeeping, according to a 2008-09 survey released Tuesday.

The survey, which encompassed 20 percent of the nation's roughly 2.3 million honeybee colonies, found a 29 percent loss of managed bee colonies. This compares with losses of 36 percent and 32 percent in the winters of 2007-08 and 2006-07, respectively. The Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Md., conducted the survey from September 2008 to April.

"If you are a small businessperson in any activity, how long can you sustain 29 percent losses or greater each year?" said Jerry Hayes, assistant chief of the Florida Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection in Gainesville.


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lol that sounds like one of those crazy stories

You hear on Sunday by a preacher trying to connect science with the Bible.

I really wish they would just stay old school when they do that.


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Glen Beck -- An Exposed Enemy:
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Hey Sierra, I appreciate the

Hey Sierra,

I appreciate the posts. But can you please go back an read the guidelines?

Don't rip someone's entire article. That is stealing. And you didn't even bother to post a link.

This is the second time I've had to clean up after you today.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Bees are Becoming more Mobile

Africanization of the bee population is causing the bees to move around a lot more, they simply aren't staying put like the beekeepers expect them to.

The Africanized hybrid bees have become the preferred type of bee for beekeeping in Central America and in tropical areas of South America because of improved productivity. However, in most areas the Africanized hybrid is initially feared because it tends to retain certain behavioral traits from its African ancestors that make it less desirable for domestic beekeeping. Specifically (as compared with the European bee types), the Africanized bee:

* Tends to swarm more frequently.
* Is more likely to migrate as part of a seasonal response to lowered food supply.
* Is more likely to "abscond"—the entire colony leaves the hive and relocates—in response to repeated intrusions by the beekeeper.
* Has greater defensiveness when in a resting swarm.
* Lives more often in ground cavities than the European types.
* Guards the hive aggressively, with a larger alarm zone around the hive.
* Has a higher proportion of "guard" bees within the hive.
* Deploys in greater numbers for defense and pursues perceived threats over much longer distances from the hive.
* Cannot survive extended periods of forage deprivation, preventing introduction into areas with harsh winters or extremely dry late summers.

Wikipedia entry for Africanized Bees

Socialists are Everywhere

it will come to this in the States,

sooner or later.