oh Harry - this bee collapse business scares the crap out me! that's why i bought mason bees last year...i set them up in their little houses and they promptly found better homes in the woods - which is their natural habitat. the first year here, we saw almost no bees. but this year and the year before, as we allowed the land to return to it's natural state, tons of different solitary bees and bumble bees. honey bees are not natural to north america and i think that might be one of the reasons for their ginormic collapse - but people forget that we have millions of different kinds of solitary bees and flies that act like bees in north america. the solitary bees and bumble bees, as well as a variety of flies, can still pollinate; however, they do not produce honey. but they can still pollinate. and that is what we really need in order to grow food!your friend,kymber
Kymber, I thought all this with the bees dieing off had been settled because some scientist found out it was a mite. But I guess that news story was wrong, I shouldn't be surprised because I heard it on national public radio.I think Pioneer Preppy squashed so many of them with his moving them around and all that they are going extinct.
I was gonna post a comment then realized it was going to be huge so I am going to do a post on my blog about what I know of CCD. Long term bee keepers won't give a damned about my opinion but you guys mite (pun intended) :)So look for it tonight.
PP - i don't consider you the "bee king" for no reason, buddy - i trust and consider your opinions a lot! i can't wait for your post!your friend,kymber
I'll definitely read it. I'm not a bee keeper but even I know they are necessary for pollination purposes.
I watched a documentary about this. Very interesting.
Lisa, most of what I know is from radio news. Seems like this bee die off has been going on for a long time now.
The Europeans banned the pesticide that many think was part of the problem. Hopefully that will be the fix.Of course feeding 7+ people without effective pesticides will not be fun - but one problem at a time.