Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder


Two things;

One: here is an article about the possible influence of pesticides on Honey bees, I personally would not doubt that pesticides have inadvertently harmed honey Bee populations as a ‘non-target’ species indirectly through various kinds of pesticidal applications that are residually exposed to visiting pollinators. Relevant to the lawn people;  a lot of research has been done on this subject, finding that various pesticides, especially organo-phosphates and nicatinamide, have induced vertigo, loss of memory and sense of direction, and overall neural overload on honey bees. Bees that stay in the hive mis-communicate with other bees, their danc3es are “nervous” and the behavior of the hive in total, appears confused. Foraging bees experimentally exposed to the compounds mentioned above, end up losing their sense of memory/instinct and sense of direction, all the while performing a lousy foraging job, and then get lost, explaining the enigma of disappearing bees that is so distinguished and characteristic of ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’, which is also commonly dubbed, for its elusive mess, the ‘AIDs of Honey bees’.


We have an ecologist coming to speak on Thursday about the ecology of bees. I will be interested on what she has to say about Honey bees. Honey bees were themselves, an invasive species introduced to the Americas with European influence around the 1600s. Since Apis mellifera does such a good job at pollinating and foraging, they have come to be artificially selected and such crops like alfalfa, clover, and almonds, are dependant on these bees’ productivity. California represents approximately 85% of the world’s almond production and industry, and is 100% reliant on honey bees for its pollination and continuance. however, with such priority placed on Honey Bees by agriculture, native pollinators and indigenous bees have almost been completely neglected. It was only recently that a taxonomist rediscovered a handful of native bumblebees, to find that they have already gone extinct. Thus recent attention has been diverged over to native pollinators, and researchers are finding out that some of these guys have better immunity to common diseases that plague the Honey bee while displaying competent pollinator efficiency. Some even go so far as to believe that we should let the Honey Bees go extinct, the ide being that we should let our land’s native pollinatiors evolve, while beholding the possibility that a little natural selection may end up being good for Apis mellifera. I will be very interested to scope the opinion of our guest.

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