4/10/2007

Hawaiian Bees are Missing Too

Regarding my post yesterday on our neighborhood bees, I just spoke with my neighbor and got an update. Although the beehive in their yard is still buzzing away (behaving strangely, though, he said they are circling in unusual ways for some reason), they have 60 other hives up north on the island, and are confused as to why 20 of them are suddenly gone, just in the past couple of months. Nothing’s left, he said, no queen, nothing; just the cockroaches. He didn’t actually realize it was happening all over the world and I think he was a little stunned. He promises to talk to other island beekeepers to see if it’s happening to anyone else.

Scary.

2 comments:

Casey Kochmer said...

It makes me think about how the bible has stories 2000 years ago about the plagues of locusts and such ...

And it brings up the image of an anti plague... the opposite where we lose everything.

All the hives in Olympia have been decimated and the local beekeepers lost 60 out of the 80 hives they had last year. Sadly this year no local blackberry honey...

ilachina said...

Hi Angela,

Here is an interesting link that suggests that cell phones may be the cause (!) ...if so, yet another reminder of human arrogance...

(I've split it up into separate lines, but the string should be one contiguous one)

http://news.independent.co.uk/
environment/wildlife/
article2449968.ece