20 000 bees die in Canada

2011-02-13 11:06

Ottawa - A Canadian museum launched an investigation on Friday into the sudden death of 20 000 bees on display in a glass encased hive.

"All 20 000 bees died within 48 hours," Amanda Fruci, publicist for the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, told AFP.

"The cause is being investigated but we know for sure that it wasn't colony collapse syndrome because that involves bees leaving a hive and never coming back, and in this case they all died in the hive."

In normal times, bee communities naturally lose around five percent of their numbers.

But with the syndrome known as colony collapse disorder (CDD), a third, half - sometimes even 90% or all - of the insects can be wiped out.

In the United States, government figures released last year showed a 29% drop in beehives in 2009, coming on the heels of declines of 36 and 32% in 2008 and 2007.

Mysterious decimation of bee populations have also been reported in Europe, Japan and elsewhere in recent years, threatening agricultural crops that depend on the honey-making insects for pollination.

Thousands of visitors had viewed the bees at work in a specially designed glass hive in the Royal Ontario Museum's popular hands-on biodiversity gallery over the past two years.

They were perfectly healthy until last week when they suddenly died.

The museum has already ruled out starvation or errors by staff as causes of death, but said poor ventilation, a parasite or too few worker bees to keep the comb warm over the winter may be to blame.

  • kznsc - 2011-02-13 16:02

    Could bees feeding on genetically modified foods be the cause of these high deaths?

      jouplesier - 2011-02-13 21:33

      i doubt it... my bet is that it is either related to 1) solar flares - NASA released a WARNING last year that we must prepare for extreme solar winds as never before seen in modern times. 2) polar shifts - it is a proven fact that the magnetic poles are currently shifting; the north magnetic pole is currently shifting at a rate of 40 MPH per year towards Russia; bees and other animals make use of the magnetic poles to navigate. do a search on these subjects (and "Nibiru"); then you judge. either way, 20 000 bees do not just die.

      flemming.corey - 2011-02-15 06:44

      jouplesier - earth's magnetic pole is always shifting, this is nothing new as can be seen in the geologic record. Also, mass animal deaths are not new, what is new is our increasing ability to track them and make this information available to the average person through the internet.

  • Alvin - 2011-02-14 07:23

    wonder if checking on geo lines of deaths of birds, fish, crustacheons, by time lines ....I mean sat rotation lie lanes and rf freq..odd only one species is affected at specific rotational periods.....or not

      jouplesier - 2011-02-14 13:23

      take a look at this map of all the recent (from november 2010) mass animal deaths....the numbers are already in the millions!

  • Jakob - 2011-02-14 17:20

    tick ... tick... tick ...

  • EdWardMD3 - 2011-02-14 18:25

    EPA Defends Approval of Bayer's Bee-Killing Pesticide - Clothianidin: A Multi-Species Killer/Deformer - Neurotoxin in the Nicotine Family by Sarah Parsons December 28, 2010 A few weeks ago, brought you news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) turned a blind eye to clothianidin, a pesticide fingered as a culprit in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Then just last week, the maker of said pesticide, Bayer CropScience, stood by the substance, saying it was perfectly safe for honeybees. Now it's the EPA's turn to defend itself — or rather, dodge and deny environmentalists' allegations about the agency. As Grist's Tom Philpott reports, the EPA recently posted its response to the whole pesticide-killing-honeybees controversy. In a nutshell, the EPA admits no wrongdoing and says that the National Honey Bee Advisory Board, environmental groups, the press, and pretty much everyone else talking about this issue didn't get their facts straight. But why take my word for it when you can get it straight from the horses' mouth? Here's what the EPA had to say for itself... cont... - Welcome to the END OF DAYS Just How Gutless/Stupid/Sick Do We Have to Be To Do It to Ourselves?

  • Eva - 2011-02-15 00:39

    theres the rumour, that swiss beekeepers brought their beecamps next to cannabis/marihuana fields, and after they ate 1 year from it, min 50 % less bees died and their immunsystem was improved... there should be really some investigation about that point !!!!!!!!

      Renee - 2011-02-15 02:29

      Yeah, makes sense. You should Check out Carl Johan Calleman. Evolution of consicouness. Youll get it.

  • ItalicsMyn - 2011-02-15 02:03

    There is definitely something serious going on, and we need to solve it. What did the bee autopsies indicate?

  • sailboatsarewhite - 2011-02-16 02:01

    At 0156 UT on Feb. 15th, giant sunspot 1158 unleashed an X2-class eruption. This is the largest solar flare we've seen in 4 years. I bet this has everything to do with it.

  • Rob - 2011-04-12 17:16

    I wish to goodness we could find a way for the ANC to catch this disease.

  • Gordon James Gianninoto - 2011-09-24 02:30

    As a beekeeper in Maine who is also an expert on pole shift and Planet X, which causes pole shift every 3657 years, I am confused by this article and the Canadian 'experts'. First of all a good hive should have 80,000 to 100,000 bees. So the fact that it only had 20,000 in the end of September means the hive was in trouble in April, May, June, July and August. Secondly most beekeepers these days take all the honey out of the hive in the fall and feed the bees sugar water with chemicals all winter. I let each hive have its own honey, about 150 lb per hive, and in March when most hives are down to 5,000 bees, my hives have 50,000 bees each. I do not use any chemicals ever. My honey is 100% organic. In the fall there is 300 lb per hive and I let them have half. Some people say a natural hive cannot survive without at least 100 lb of honey for the winter. Bees need water and let me know by coming to the front door and buzzing me until I get the hose out to spray water in 5 gallon bucket lids around the yard to give them shallow pools to drink without drowning. They figured that out on their own. They are little animals with personalities just like other pets. Russian bees are best for northern climates, italian bees for warmer climates. Also bees do not like people messing with the inside of the hive. I open mine 3 times a year. I know people who open their hives every week and the bees die and they wonder what happened. My verdict of these beekeepers:CLUELESS.

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