Bees In Trouble, We In Trouble

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    It was also reported that people should not be breathing the pesticide used. :rolleyes:

    Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

    On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.

    Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind.

    Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary — Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, in Summerville — 46 hives died on the spot, totaling about 2.5 million bees.

    Walking through the farm, one Summerville woman wrote on Facebook, was “like visiting a cemetery, pure sadness.”

    [A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.]

    A Clemson University scientist collected soil samples from Flowertown on Tuesday, according to WCBD-TV, to further investigate the cause of death. But to the bee farmers, the reason is already clear. Their bees had been poisoned by Dorchester’s own insecticide efforts, casualties in the war on disease-carrying mosquitoes.
     
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    Sad. Bees are beautiful little creatures as well as vital to our Eco system.
    Let's hope they bounce back.
     

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