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I need a list of plants that flower at different times from spring through late fall that the bees love and will keep them happy.
Pretorian wrote:I once bought a supposedly nice and fluffy honey and it never crystallized. I thought all honey crystallizes eventually?
MERCED, Calif. — The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden with pesticides.
Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada are scrambling to figure out what is behind this relatively recent threat, ordering new research on pesticides used in fields and orchards. Federal courts are even weighing in this month, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overlooked a requirement when allowing a pesticide on the market.
And on Thursday, chemists at a scientific conference in San Francisco will tackle the issue of chemicals and dwindling bees in response to the new study.
mos6507 wrote:I'm starting a hive this year. Will cross my fingers.
Pretorian wrote:Can anyone reccomend a place to buy honey in bulk?
frankthetank wrote:I hate those German wasps. Very annoying little things. I also hate that people confuse bees with wasps and think all of them are bad. I've actually petted a bumble bee that was working on a blossom. Very hairy little big guy.
dohboi wrote:My brother, who follows these things more closely than I do, says that people hoping for a bit of a recovery this spring have been sorely disappointed. I'm in a rush this morning, so I don't have time to do the research on this and find links. Has anyone else found anything on stats on hives this spring?
This year bees seem to be in bigger trouble than normal after a bad winter, according to an informal survey of commercial bee brokers cited in an internal USDA document. One-third of those surveyed had trouble finding enough hives to pollinate California's blossoming nut trees, which grow the bulk of the world's almonds. A more formal survey will be done in April.
Beekeeper Zac Browning shipped his hives from Idaho to California to pollinate the blossoming almond groves. He got a shock when he checked on them, finding hundreds of the hives empty, abandoned by the worker bees.
The losses were extreme, three times higher than the previous year.
Among all the stresses to bee health, it's the pesticides that are attracting scrutiny now. A study published Friday in the scientific journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) One found about three out of five pollen and wax samples from 23 states had at least one systemic pesticide — a chemical designed to spread throughout all parts of a plant.
EPA officials said they are aware of problems involving pesticides and bees and the agency is "very seriously concerned."
The pesticides are not a risk to honey sold to consumers, federal officials say. And the pollen that people eat is probably safe because it is usually from remote areas where pesticides are not used, Pettis said. But the PLOS study found 121 different types of pesticides within 887 wax, pollen, bee and hive samples.
Pretorian wrote:14 months? I thought only the honey collected from some sort off the backs of special larvae doesn't crystallize. The honey i'm talking about was bought on farmers market with all those assurances of raw and unheated thiings and all that and produced in TN
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