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Re: THE Bees Thread (merged)

Unread postPosted: Thu 25 May 2017, 13:21:02
by dohboi
I was just now noticing how many flowers are out here in MN, but I have yet to see any bees.

Re: THE Bees Thread (merged)

Unread postPosted: Wed 07 Jun 2017, 21:41:03
by dohboi
I saw a lone bee in my yard today. Rather surprised to even see that, actually, because not too many things are actually flowering there right now.

Re: THE Bees Thread (merged)

Unread postPosted: Thu 08 Jun 2017, 20:48:01
by Shaved Monkey
My yard is covered in native and European honey bees.
They are loving the Thai basil flowers at the moment I let it self seed and its everywhere.
When my fox tail palm flowered outside the bedroom window the buzz was beautifully loud ,its just let out another bract so should be flowering in weeks again

Re: THE Bees Thread (merged)

Unread postPosted: Wed 09 Aug 2017, 02:27:08
by M_B_S
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifesty ... d2090.html

(ANSA) - Florence, August 8 -
Italian beekeepers association UNAAPI warned of a possible "environmental disaster" on Tuesday because the long drought and the intense 'Lucifer' heat wave have upset the nation's bees.

The association stressed that the problem does not just concern honey production, but was a much broader issue for the nation's agriculture and environment.
"There is the risk of an environmental disaster in Italy," UNAAPI said.
"Driven crazy by the climate, the bees don't just not produce honey (2017 production down by up to 80%), but they are unable to provide pollination services to agriculture. "(Because of the drought) the flowers no longer secrete nectar and pollen and plants, in particular trees, are in a perennial situation of suffering.
"The bees are no long sending warnings, but reports of a loss of fertility and incipient desertification". Farmers' association Coldiretti Tuesday said the weather meant Italy's honey production for 2017 will be around 10,000 tonnes, approximately half the average.
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Re: THE Bees Thread (merged)

Unread postPosted: Wed 09 Aug 2017, 06:55:20
by farmlad
The problem with the bees is way more than just neonicotinoids, its also vast monocultures Herbicides and pesticides. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yOcXnlY60s&t=23s

Re: THE Bees Thread (merged)

Unread postPosted: Wed 09 Aug 2017, 10:45:17
by dohboi
Thanks for that reminder, fl.