More discouraging statistics this week from the Apiary Inspectors of America: 36.1 percent of commercially managed beehives in the U.S. have been lost in the past year. While the group only began to track these numbers last year when Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) was first appearing, the two years of losses add up to a bleak picture for honeybees. These drops are undoubtedly unsustainable over the long term and the situation is not improving.
Twenty-nine percent of the deaths were attributable to CCD; the remaining 71 percent were the more common culprits like parasitic mites and pesticides. Taken as a whole, the numbers show an increasingly weak population which will have a more difficult time pollinating on a commercial scale. While the deaths have certainly driven up the price of honey, the real economic danger comes when flowing food crops—including many fruits and vegetables—go unpollinated and yields begin to fall.
As Dennis vanEnglesdorp, a bee specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture puts it, "For two years in a row, we've sustained a substantial loss," he said. "That's an astonishing number. Imagine if one out of every three cows, or one out of every three chickens, were dying. That would raise a lot of alarm."
this just adds to the food crisis
The Bumble Bee dies, however, mabye a new species of hornet will advance to the weather.
the european honeybee isn't the only pollinator of crops... to say that crops will go unpollinated without them isn't exactly accurate.
I recently read an article in a jamaican newspaper that attributes this disturbing phenomena to pollution. Specifically that the level of pollution in our air from car exhaust for one, is preventing cent molecules from flowers, which bees use to detect and home-in on food, from travelling as far as they normally would. So, the theory goes, the bees travel much further, more often than not, than they have energy to return home from. I hope that someone will investigate this possiblilty.