- texterLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes, the honey bees are dying off at an alarming rate. In the past several years about 50%of the hives have disappeared. So far they haven't pinpointed exactly what it is that is killing them off so rapidly. We have the mites, tracheal and varroal, we have infection and diseases, we have small hive beetles and several other yet to be discovered causes for the sudden collapse. All of the deadly pandemic problems that are besetting the bees have been introduced by our scientists, highly intelligent beekeepers and other people who are trying to make money from them.
Plastic foundation has been introduced to the bee hives. The bees hate it. It puts them under tremendous stress. If you put one in a hive box, the bees ignore it and don't want to use. The manufacturer say , if you put one in a hive box , make sure all the frames are plastic. You can put extra wax on them to dull down the stink. If you can't get the bees to work it, close up the hive for several days and force them to use . Eventually they will fill it up.
Because of the number of introduced pathogens, the beekeepers must now constantly poison the hive with antibiotics , pesticides and other chemicals to keep the bees alive. Wild bees don't have this intervention so only escaped swarms are left anew in the wild. They don't last long so wild bees are a thing of the past. Our only hope seems to be the "Killer Bees" labeled Africanized bees. Which were also scientifically introduced and like the rest of our problems escaped to infect the tame hives.
Makers of magical cures have their theories and of course their products to sell. They carry the warning that theirs can cure only a specific part of the problem so if it doesn't work for your hive ,then you must have one of the other pathogens.
For all the so called cures, the honey bees continue to decline. Now, with our scientific intervention other bees besides our so called honey bees are on the decline. Read up about our native sting less varieties. Read up about our Bumblebees read up about the decline of our Mason bees etc and tell me why they are also dying off. Yes, the honey bees are still in decline and dying off.Source(s): An ex beekeeper. I can't keep pouring these poisons into the hive and then feed them to my family with the contaminated honey. Chinese honey is banned from the US for this reason. Do you think the rest of the honey supply is any safer? Who knows how it will affect us and our children down the road.
- 5 years ago
Our crops won't produce as much fruit, and plants wouldn't get pollinated, resulting in harder work to get fruit, perhaps even pollinating fruit ourselves. We won't necessarily lose honey. Honey is almost always made by humans now, except the natural/organic kinds. The few animals that specialize in eating bees (bee-wolf, bee-eater) and a few other animals that tend to feed on them, not as much (dragonflies,mockingbirds,kingsbirds,spi... may not get enough food. The animals that specialize in eating bees will probably die off as well, or be forced to change diets. Bee keepers will probably have to get enough hobby, buy their own honey, or even get a new job, if they work as a bee keeper. Beeswax might start to get harder to find, perhaps man will even learn how to make it themselves , which is unlikely. People also take bee pollen as a supplement, so they may start to have vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and/or have to find another supplement. 53 more people would be alive each year in the U.S., since bees wouldn't exists and wouldn't be able to sting. This is more then death by rattlesnake bites, black widow and brown recluse bites,shark attacks,mountain lions and bear attacks, combined, per year in the U.S.
- 1 decade ago
According to an article that ran on Thursday in the New York Times, scientists have determined that there is a virus and a fungus that are compounding to destroy bee colonies. Neither one alone is enough to destroy a colony, but somehow, together, they can do it. Scientists are concentrating on controlling the fungus, as it's easier to prevent. I have linked to the article, but it's since been archived, so you need a NYT subscription to view it online now.
- 1 decade ago
they are dying of slowly due to a parasite that has rapidly affected both wild and captive bees however the parasite is being fought against by modern science
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes..this has been going on for a few years now..they are finally starting it figure out why!
- 1 decade ago
i seriously doubt it