Friday, January 14, 2011

Pay Attention VIII

In Hawaii, thousands of bee colonies have died off.

Recent news reports have described nine out of ten wild hives dying, and 30-35% of domesticated hives dying.

Michael Kliks, president of the statewide Hawaii Beekeepers Association, said, "It's going to end in disaster. It's almost too late."

The official explanations include: infestations of varroa mites, nosema spores, small hive beetles and the weather.

Are we paying attention yet?

Photo:  (c) Bruce Behnke. At Foster Botanic Garden, Honolulu, Hawaii
News information from  Honolulu Star Advertiser, 1/09/11