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Where have the bees gone?

by JP Bill / February 27, 2007 3:21 AM PST
Bee vanishing act baffles keepers

Honeybees are vanishing at an alarming rate from 24 US states, threatening the production of numerous crops.

The cause of the losses, which range from 30% to more than 70%, is a mystery, but experts are investigating several theories.

American bee colonies have been hit by regional crises before, but keepers say this is the first national crisis.

I'm pretty sure they're not up here.
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I had heard this talked about somewhere else
by Dragon / February 27, 2007 4:03 AM PST

My "theory" (maybe hypothesis is more like it) is that it has something to do with africanized bees mixing with domestic bees. Possibly the new bees are more susceptible to disease.

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(NT) mites! nasty critters...
by Dragon / February 27, 2007 1:51 PM PST
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This yard has some clover in it....
by Angeline Booher / February 27, 2007 7:01 AM PST

... and last year there were actually some honey bees. it was the first time I had seen any in at leat 15 years. Bck when I grew a small garden, it was the bumble bees that polinated the cucumbers. They did the job, but not as efficiently.

Added to the theories in the article and by others who replied, is the use of pesticides and lawn weed killers. Some (not me) do consider clover a weed.

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I've read that wasps of all kinds
by drpruner / February 27, 2007 7:11 AM PST

also are great pollinators, but the beekeeper's bee is the one that drives our modern agriculture. Interesting story.

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I blame the women
by James Denison / February 28, 2007 5:24 PM PST

Ever since they quit wearing bonnets, it's been harder to know where the bees are.

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