birds are chirping, bees are buzzing…not so much

cit x points us to the continuing developments in the mystery of the disappearing bees in the united states:

The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees’ navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive’s inhabitants suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers, like so many apian Mary Celestes. 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 Coast.

when i was a kid, we raised bees at our house in sherman oaks. i KNOW you don’t want to mess with the bees. without their pollination activity, we are in trouble. i remember one time we lost a whole colony to dysentery. it was tragic.






3 responses to “birds are chirping, bees are buzzing…not so much”

  1. gimaha Avatar

    I’ve been concerned about the bees (or lack thereof) around the fruit trees. The pussywillow tree was fillled with bees this year. There is fruit beginning to set on the peach tree, but the plum and apple crops are a bit iffy. Both trees are in bloom, but there’s not much bee activity. This is a big problem in an area that depends upon active little worker bees.
    Your link also stresses the fact that we still don’t know how much damage cell phones are doing to the brains of our youth. 10 years of usage = 40% increase of brain tumors! Which should B give up first? His smokes or his phone?

  2. b Avatar

    If you remember back when we were together, there was only one reason for me to take the cigarette out of my mouth.

    But of more immediate concern to me right now is that since you send text messages more than you talk on your cell, is there going to be any collateral damage from having your phone in your lap all the time like that?

  3. gimaha Avatar

    Who sends text messages? Not I!

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