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avatar US sees massive drop in bumble bees
January 03, 2011 04:43PM
Weakened by inbreeding and disease, bumble bees have died off at an astonishing rate over the past 20 years, with US populations diving more than 90 percent

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-massive-bumble-bees.html
avatar Re: US sees massive drop in bumble bees
January 03, 2011 09:11PM
This is very alarming; there is just no good news on the front for Bees, lately! I have been watching a video series (NPR Science Friday) on how bees pick out a new colony site -- fascinating in the decoding of bee "wiggles" for indicating distance!



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
avatar Re: US sees massive drop in bumble bees
January 03, 2011 10:19PM
It is remarkable that honey does not need refrigeration, considering the consistency and caloric content. However, honey has a dark side: it is essentially regurgitated partially digested nectar (bee vomit), can produce botulism in infants, and can contain toxins such as those in oleanders or other toxic plants.



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avatar Re: US sees massive drop in bumble bees
January 04, 2011 06:52AM
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Bee
This is very alarming; there is just no good news on the front for Bees, lately! I have been watching a video series (NPR Science Friday) on how bees pick out a new colony site -- fascinating in the decoding of bee "wiggles" for indicating distance!

Bee, have you come up with a new way to discuss trail milage? Funny bee
avatar Re: US sees massive drop in bumble bees
January 04, 2011 11:50PM
Watch the video #3 The "Waggle Dance" -- it is really nifty!

http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201012245



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/04/2011 11:53PM by Bee.
avatar Re: US sees massive drop in bumble bees
January 06, 2011 12:03PM
The other reason honeybees seldom sting while swarming is that their abdomens are full of as much honey as they can manage to bring with them from the old hive. The swarm itself is caused by the presence of more than one queen in the hive. One of them has to go and takes most of the colony with her.
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