2012 Indy Info
CCD is the term often used to describe the
inexplicable mass die-off of honeybees around the world, which typically
involves honeybees leaving their hives and, for whatever reason, never finding
their way back home. Mass die-offs associated with CCD often occur at seemingly
random locations around the world, and typically involve a gradual process of
disappearance and eventual colony collapse — and the dead bees are typically
nowhere to be found.
But the recent Florida event involved hundreds of
colonies from 30 different sites in a one-and-a-half mile radius literally
dropping dead all at the same time and leaving their carcasses behind, which is
why authorities have dismissed CCD as the cause. Based on the appearance of the
dead bees, as well as the synchronous timing of their deaths, pesticide
sprayings appear to be the culprit in this case.
“I’m a pretty tough guy,
but it is heart wrenching,” said Charles Smith of Smith Family Honey Company to
News 13 in Orlando. His family’s company lost an estimated $150,000 worth of
bees in the recent die-off. “Not only is it a monetary loss here, but we work
really hard on these bees to keep them in good health.”
die-off coincides with a recent county-wide mosquito eradication effort, during
which helicopters flew over various parts of the county and sprayed airborne
pesticides. Officials, of course, deny that this taxpayer-funded spraying
initiative had anything to do with the bee genocide, though.
that it was so widespread and so rapid, I think you can pretty much rule out
disease,” said Bill Kern, an entomologist from the University of Florida (UF) to
Florida Today. “It happened essentially almost in one day. Usually
diseases affect adults or the brood, you don’t have something that kills them
Many of the beekeepers who lost their hives in the mass killing
raised their bees to sell to American farmers, who then used them to pollinate
food crops. Because of their massive losses, many of these beekeepers could end
up losing their entire beekeeping businesses.
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