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Old 07-21-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Saw a European honeybee in 2010. First one I had seen in 20 years. This one was Italian as it sang "O Sole Mio." Just kidding. But seriously, this was a good omen; they're making a comeback, right? Wrong .... haven't seen one since then. Bummer.

Back in the 50s, you didn't dare walk barefoot in your yard if you had clover. Hell, they even liked the pathetic little flowers on plantain weed. They were ubiquitous. Now gone.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Northern CA
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No, the news is not good in the USA. I believe it's the EU that banned the manmade chemicals that are killing them, naturalnews.com is following this topic.
I have bees in the yard, especially around the periwinkle, but we are also seeing a lot of hornets.
I don't think these are honey bees. When I was hand watering, they attacked me. I got stung twice. So now I do my best to avoid them and water in the evening.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I see honey bees in my yard almost every day. They especially like the white clover which makes really good honey. I noticed that their numbers were way down here a few years ago but they have made a come back in my area. About 15 years ago, I had 2 hives in my garden and for 2 years they produced a lot of honey. The third year I had them, they started dying out due to what was thought to be tracheal mites according to what I heard other bee keepers say. I lost interest after that and sold all my bee keeping supplies to a friend.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Northern CA
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Bees Dying by the Millions
Just weeks ago in Elmwood, Canada, local beekeeper Dave Schuit lost 600 hives, or a total of 37 million bees. Another Canadian farmer lost eight of his 10 hives.
The bees started dying in droves just after corn in the area was planted, an alarming red flag since corn seeds are often treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, which are known to kill insects by attacking their nervous systems.
Some governments are finally taking action against these toxic chemicals, but clearly not fast enough. How many more millions of bees have to die before protection is granted to these invaluable creatures?
For those who aren’t aware, there are about 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally and, of these, 71 are pollinated by bees.1
In the US alone, a full one-third of the food supply depends on pollination from bees -- so if bee colonies continue to be devastated, major food shortages will inevitably result.
Massive Bee Deaths Are Now Becoming Commonplace
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