We all know that bees are dying in large numbers in what is known as “colony collapse disorder.”
Bees are one of these keystone species that is required for life. They pollinate our plants which allow fruit to grow for human consumption.
To further show human ignorance and disrespect for our honeybees, the US is approving pesticides that will also help wipe out remaining bees.
In the wake of a massive US Department of Agriculture report highlighting the continuing large-scale death of honeybees, environmental groups are left wondering why the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a “highly toxic” new pesticide.
The continuing mass death of honeybees, known scientifically as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and a “pollinator crisis,” could well strain production of over 100 crops in the US including apples, zucchinis, avocados and plums. The agriculture value of these products is estimated at over $200 billion globally per year.
Our culture has gone from “Hi Honey I’m home” to “Honey, bee gone!”
It seems that the bees have had enough, and are now fighting off immigrant and invading species, usually white hikers, on their homeland. The number of cases continues to escalate this summer of 2013; the first after the 13 B’aktun from December 21st, 2012.
A Tucson man was found dead Monday hanging in his rappelling gear from a cliff on Mount Hopkins south of Tucson. He had been attacked by bees and suffered hundreds of stings, but investigators don’t know if that caused his death.
Steven Wallace Johnson, 55, was an experienced hiker and climber who went to rappel on Friday, said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department.
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One preliminary theory is that Johnson disturbed the bees while hammering his spike into the cliff, Rodriguez said.
Johnson’s dog, which also was attacked by bees, was found dead on top of the ridge that Johnson was rappelling, Rodriguez said.
via Arizona Daily Star.
The attacks continue…
A group of five was hiking near Oro Valley when a swarm attacked.
Deputies requested the medical helicopter to fly at a low level over the hikers to blow the bees away. It was not the first time they have had to do that.
“There’s nothing written in the book that if you’re getting attacked by bees to call a rescue helicopter and have them hover over your head 50 feet,” Dep. Steve West said, “but we learned that in the past. And if it works, you do what you got to do to get the people out safely.”
The attack sent three victims to the hospital, including a 6-year-old. They all seem to be doing well.
Humans are now using huge helicopters to fight off the honeybees because of human intrusion.
Perhaps it is just best if we leave them alone and take a hike somewhere else and just let them bee?