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Where have all the bees gone? March 12, 2007

Posted by Al in : nature,weird , trackback

It appears that up to 95% of the bees in the USA have suddenly disappeared/died. If this was 95% of all the wasps I wouldn’t really care, as I’ve never really worked out what purpose wasps actually serve – everything they do can be done by another creature just as well, so the world would not miss wasps. However bees are important not just for their honey, but also for pollinating the majority of crops. So now that all these bees have disappeared a lot of crops are not going to get pollinated, which means that this year, and next year, there may well be a shortage of locally produced food in the USA, leading to decreased exports and increased imports. I wonder if the bees were killed off by financial terrorists?


1. Mike - March 14, 2007

I hear that in Italy and Spain, they banned a pesticide that they believed would be dangerous to their bees a few years back. They haven’t suffered a large bee loss, so if all the bees in the USA are dead, this is a strong possibility why.

Bees rock, wasps suck.

2. Richard - May 31, 2007

I think I’ve seen one honeybee so far this spring. I really haven’t seen any wasps either. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I think it’s a good bet that some type of pesticide is responsible for this enormous die-off.

And I agree, wasps do suck.

3. Trevor - June 3, 2007

I live in the south of Spain and have only seen one bee so far this year. My tomatoes have not been pollinated. I wonder what lies ahead for us