Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive's inhabitants
suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature
workers. The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die singly
far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally
raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go
anywhere near the abandoned hives.
The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all
American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of
its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East
This goes way beyond finding their way home.
. . . The disease showed a completely new set of symptoms, "which does
not seem to match anything in the literature", said the entomologist.
One was that the bees left the hive and flew away to die elsewhere, over
about a week. Another was that the few bees left inside the hive were
carrying "a tremendous number of pathogens" - virtually every known bee
virus could be detected in the insects, she said, and some bees were
carrying five or six viruses at a time, as well as fungal infections.
Because of this it was assumed that the bees' immune systems were being
suppressed in some way.
Professor Cox-Foster went on: "And another unusual symptom that we're
are seeing, which makes this very different, is that normally when a bee
colony gets weak and its numbers are decreasing, other neighboring bees
will come and steal the resources - they will take away the honey and
"Other insects like to take advantage too, such as the wax moth or the
hive beetle. But none of this is happening. These insects are not coming
"This suggests that there is something toxic in the colony itself which
is repelling them." . . .
AIDS for bees.
Cloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Now THAT is interesting!
Has the demise of our bee populations been directly linked to the
increasing popularity of cellphones?
I HATE cellphones except for emergencies!
Maybe people will have to choose between pointless babbling and their
I doubt it.
I can't see it accounting for the sudden collapse of the colonies. A
gradual one, yes, but not a sudden one. The study that this was based on
is in question now as well. One site I read couldn't find the study (or
a recent version) from the source. They're wondering now if it was
misquoted (much like Albert Einstein's supposed quote that "if the bees
disappeared, man would follow in four years" or words to that affect).
As well, if it were cell phones, you'd expect Britain to be more
affected than the US or Europe, but the US is more affected than either
where cell phone use is simply not as "dense" as it is in Britain. Also,
cell phones have been in use longer in Europe than the US, so you'd
expect it to have occurred there first, but it didn't.
Also, everything points to a pathogen affecting individual colonies
while a colony sitting next to it is fine. What's strange is that the
affected colony is not being raided by the healthy ones, which usually
happens when a colony gets sick. They believe something in the colony
itself is repelling the invaders...including other insect invaders like
A telecom specialist on one site could find no correlation between the
location of the bee's deaths and the pattern of increased use of cell
phone frequencies globally.
He did, however, note that bees are affected by the Earth's magnetic
field which has moved more in the last 300 years than in the previous
5000. We know the magnetic field has flipped completely in the past and
this increased movement could be an indication that another flip is
imminent. One wonders now if the bees are the canary in coalmine...
Curiouser and curiouser...
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