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01 October 2010 :: 17:10:25 pm 41622

Sudden Disappearance of the Honey Bee

Honey bees need approximately 35 pounds of honey in their hive for their survival throughout the winter months.
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The females that are not sexually developed become the workers, while the male bees (the drones) hang around the hive devouring the honey until winter when they are thrown out of the hive leaving the queen and her female workers to clean their home and keep the queen warm.

Should the queen die, another female is elected and fed Royal Jelly in order to increase her laying power which is between 1,000 and 2,500 eggs a day. At each entrance to the hive, there are guards and as the workers return, they are recognized by their own unique scent which identifies each of them to the guard.

The bees fly at around 10 miles an hour and work alongside the other bees of the same hive in bringing in the honey. When they come across a lot of flowers they do a dance showing other members of the same hive that there are flowers that need visiting in a certain area.

Honey bees are going out to work, but not returning to their hives. Something unknown is killing them off, but as yet there are no definite solutions as to what. Scientists investigating the disappearance of bees and the collapse of whole colonies say that radiation from mobile phones may be to blame.

Suggestions are that radiation given off by mobile phones and other high tech equipment is a possible answer to one of the most bizarre mysteries ever to happen, the disappearance of bees that pollinate our crops. Theory has it that radiation from mobile phones are interfering with bees’ navigation systems and stopping them from finding their way home to their hives.

Colony Collapse Disorder, (CCD) happens when a hive’s bees suddenly disappear, leaving only a few immature workers, eggs and the queens. The bees are never found, but are thought to die away from home. Wildlife and other bees that generally raid the honey and pollen when a colony dies, refuse to go near the abandoned hives.

The West Coast is said to have lost around 60 per cent of its commercial bee population along with 70 per cent on the East Coast.

Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece have also lost its bees with one of London’s largest bee keepers losing bees from 23 of the 40 hives that have been suddenly abandoned.

Although Scotland, Wales and North West England have had recorded losses, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs insist there is no evidence of CCD in the UK. It is totally unknown as to why this is happening, but theories involving mites, pesticides, global warming and GM crops have been put forward.

German research have shown that bees’ behavior changes near power lines with more recent studies showing that bees refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby.

Evidence pointing to the dangers of the mobile phone to humans is increasing, but proof is lacking due to the bigger problems such as cancer taking years to show up.

Sarah Goldman

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