Saturday, May 21, 2005

Bee Bomb

As reported in the Springfield News-Leader (among many others), honeybee populations in the U.S. have been decimated by infestations of the Varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni). Nationwide, the number of hives are at about 50% of what they were a year ago, after a cold winter where the bees slowed down but the mites did not. Unfortunately the mites have evolved a resistance to the two main insecticides being used against them. Expect not only less honey, but fewer and more expensive fruits and vegetables in the supermarkets this season.

1 comment:

odograph said...

I've seen very few wild bees on hikes in Southern California this spring. This dispite a fantastic rain-driven wildfower season.

I didn't go out to do seriously do "bee hunting" bit I've kept an eye out, and seen one or two.