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« on: May 11, 2007, 07:35:06 AM »

 
Very nice sunrise today, Clear as Glass and calm.. The ground is coverd with little clumps of Yellow and Purple flowers all over..

Coffee is Chocolat Truffel.. MmmMMmmmmMMMmmmmm



While standing on the deck , sipping on my fresh brew.. I notice , there are NO BEES... 
This is a bit Scarry !
Dont you think ?

Saw a short bit on this on TV a while back, sence then , Nobody seems interested in it. I think it was Einstien that said " If the Bees dissapear, Man has 4 years left" 
Bees are VERY importent to LIFE on this planet..
Plants wont seed.. Things wont grow back, all the plant eaters will Die, as will WE. And all the things that eat the plant eaters as well.. I guess I'll just use my Bus as a Coffin..

Do you still have Bees. ? Or, have you noticed.. HuhHuh Shocked
When you answer, please give a general location.. State, Country, etc. etc.

Paul...
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2007, 07:43:06 AM »

have had no bees for the last 3 years.  They used to be pretty obnoxious at various times of the year, then they all left.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2007, 07:48:27 AM »

Paul,
Here in NE South Carolina we have lots of bees. And Wasps. And Hornets., And Yellow Jackets.....

But back to the bees...

Many commecial hives in this area, more than usual as a matter of fact. It also looks like they are producing to their little Bee-pickin' hearts content.

There are also a lot of bumble bees here, but I'm not sure if they are the same as we had at home in the Pacific Northwest. These seem slower and less inclined to be a pest.

I have noticed quite a number of different types of flies this year, especially sweat flies, deer flies and Blue bottles.

One thing I didn't like... The other morning I was down by the lake casting a worm into the weeds in a vain attempt to entice a fish of some sort into our frying pan.....

I counted 31 Water moccasins of differing sizes all headed in a generally westward direction toward the mossy end of the lake.

I asked the Ranger about them later and he said he's never seen so many snakes in this lake as he has this year.

Comparatively, I've only seen 3 King snakes, which are a good snake and eat the copperheads and water moccasins.

Lot's of Geese pairs this year, nesting and making babies and goose poop all over..... shouldn't they be headed back to Canada for the summer?

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2007, 07:54:30 AM »

No shortage of bees, wasps, and hornets up here in Northern Michigan, we're also producing a bumper crop of mosquitos this year.  Hopefully we'll have the tourist influx so the poor little critters won't starve.  One thing i'm thankful is that we don't have any poisonous snakes, I'm deathly afraid of snakes and the little garter snakes we have scare me enough without rattlers or moccosins to watch out for too, give me the bears and wolves, they don't bother me.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2007, 08:01:36 AM »

Cody, don't forget the state road kill in the U.P. "Porcupine"
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2007, 08:04:48 AM »

Sorry, forgot the porkies lol, yep got plenty of them too, even some that have been tenderized and aged nicely, perfect for the family BBQ, they even come complete with toothpicks lol.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2007, 08:43:39 AM »

Alarm Over Missing Bees Prompts House Hearing

Listen to this story... by Andrea Seabrook

All Things Considered, March 29, 2007 The disappearance of bee colonies across North America, which endangers the pollination of fruits and vegetables, prompts a hearing by the House agriculture panel. Alarmed beekeepers, farmers and scientists voiced their concerns at the hearing.

The scientists and farmers spoke of the magnitude of the problem, which, they stressed, went far beyond a few bees here and there.

It's not just the honey industry being talking about, they said although it is getting hit hard, too.

At issue is practically the whole of American agriculture. Most orchards, fields of grain and vegetable crops are pollinated by honeybees. And both milk and meat come from cows that eat grain.

If honeybee populations continue to disappear in such huge numbers, the witnesses said, it could have a dramatic effect on crop yields and ultimately the nation's food supply.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2007, 08:54:14 AM »

We seem to have plenty of bee's here in IL this year. I have seen bumble bee, hornets, wasp. but no honey bee's. But the flowers are just starting to come out so I'll keep an eye out for them. I understand that a mite has been attacking the honey bee's for a few years and this year the commercial bee keepers have been finding their entire hives dead. That is a scary think to think about as the balance of nature is very fragile. or as the father on A Christmas Story Darren McGaven would say Fra chill lay  must be french or something. Yes the loss of all honey bee's would affect the us food supply in a big way. That might make you forget the $4 or $5 fuel price. 

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2007, 09:29:10 AM »

Dallas

Them Geese are waiting for their passports to be processed so they can renter the states.

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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2007, 09:36:19 AM »

Just one more thing to be depressed, worried about, fell guilty about, etc.  In addition to breathing out  all this obnoxious carbon dioxide that's killing the universe, now we are all killing the darn bees.

Don't hear much about that acid rain anymore...guess that fad went out of style.  Hope this global warming bs does too (and soon).
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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2007, 02:04:03 PM »

have had no bees for the last 3 years.  They used to be pretty obnoxious at various times of the year, then they all left.

San Diego area

Hey Jim, My sweety and I moved here for Lakeside 7 yeaers ago.. Lived out by Lake Jennings.. Tiny lil world, huh  Grin

I like it here in NM, but I miss the Malls and Sushi and Good theaters and Good Groceri stores.. although its Much cheeper here.. Diesels only $3.09 in spots.   Premium is $3.30.  Angry

We have thousands of squar miles of OIL wells just east of us, Only 1 out of 10 to 20 is pumping.. I do belive, this country would rather Run everybody else OUT of gas, befor they use what they've Got.. A lot of Other folks think that too. No wonder, they Hate the U. floggin S.


Paul....  Undecided 
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2007, 03:05:44 PM »

As a bee keeper that use to run 1200 hives and produce 50,000 pounds of honey a year. I can tell you exactley what hapened. The mites came in to this country from Africa and The states did nothing to contro;; them You can't use anythiny to kill them as it contaminates the honey. Then came the killer bees that also came from Africa. And again they did nothing to stop them at the canal in Pannama. They came up through Mexaco. and then into Texas now they have went across the south. The only bees left are managed hive that are used for polination and the scare of kills have made it imposable to get locatioms Fred
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2007, 03:15:07 PM »

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No wonder, they Hate the U. floggin S.

Hey superpickle;

I don't appreciate you mocking our country.

Who cares if they hate us or not.  Since when are we out to win a popularity contest with freakin Germany or France.  This country is what's holding this sorry a-- world together and without us they'd still be trying to figure out how to kill a few million Jews without having to waste the money on bullets.

This "Blame America First" bs is about to get on my last nerve.  If you don't love it, leave it!  But for God's sake, don't side with our enemies.
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2007, 03:17:50 PM »

Ok guys, Lets all sit back and take a deep breath, then get back to talkin' bout buses.  Jack
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2007, 03:23:43 PM »

Sorry Jack
(and superpickle).

Been listening to Merle Haggard too long...
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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2007, 08:28:42 AM »

I believe the original question was "Where are the bees?"

I have a medium size hive living in a large catalpa bean tree in the back yard for the last several years.  Sure make all the flowers, flowering bushes and fruit trees do well.  All my neighbors talk about how pretty their flowers have been the past few years - I just smile and say yea you are right.  Would like to move the bees into a hive box because of the cold winters but, if I do that the city will make me remove them.  Can not keep bee hives in the city  although they say nothing about wild hives.

City in central Oklahoma population 110,000.
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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2007, 05:24:28 PM »

Colonel,
     Move that colony into a hive box and sell it to me!  The mites  have essentially wiped out all feral hives so what you've got are a family of bees that have extraordinary resistance to mites and diseases.  Seriously contact a local bee keeper, I'm sure they'd want that hive, as would I but you are a bit far away.
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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2007, 05:13:17 PM »

Like everything else, the bees have been exported overseas. They will sell them back to us at twice the price on a worker bee program.

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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2007, 05:42:17 PM »

Like everything else, the bees have been exported overseas. They will sell them back to us at twice the price on a worker bee program.

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No no no, the Worker Bee program will alow them to come in, work for less and take all the Jobs...  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2007, 06:35:23 PM »

Working in Alb today and saw lots of bees so they are about.

Might be on the foreign worker program

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