Monday, April 16, 2007

Bee Leave It Or Not

With all the talk lately about honeybees and CCD (wha? honeybees are Catholic? who knew?) some of you might have missed the fact that Hawaiian beekeepers got some bad news of their own this week. The Star-Bulletin is reporting that Varroa mites (Varroa jacobsonii) have made their way to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The mites have only been reported by one beekeeper so far (and he's suggesting that Hawaii bring in the National Guard to assist!), but at a few different locations around the island. As they work to determine a plan of action, officials at the state Department of Agriculture are asking anyone who thinks they might have infected bees to contact them ASAP.

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