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Where are all the bees?
« on: 16/05/2016 12:50:02 »
Andrew Wright asked the Naked Scientists:
   On a recent walk through my local park (today may 7th 2016 and its a hot sunny day today) where there are lots of dandelions, daisys etc.. on the ground, not one bee to be spotted either in the air or hovering around the flowers. I am aware of bee die off due to aluminium poisoning via geoengeering and would like to know if you have had any other queries like this? I am in the south of the UK near London.
What do you think?
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Re: Where are all the bees?
« Reply #1 on: 22/07/2016 21:09:46 »
Andrew Wright asked the Naked Scientists:
   On a recent walk through my local park (today may 7th 2016 and its a hot sunny day today) where there are lots of dandelions, daisys etc.. on the ground, not one bee to be spotted either in the air or hovering around the flowers. I am aware of bee die off due to aluminium poisoning via geoengeering and would like to know if you have had any other queries like this? I am in the south of the UK near London.
What do you think?

It's highly likely that bees are dying from aluminium poisoning;

See: "Bumblebee Pupae Contain High Levels of Aluminium" (2015) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4456414/
 

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Re: Where are all the bees?
« Reply #2 on: 26/07/2016 04:14:35 »
I read some research that many recent dead bee colonies had very high levels of neonicotinoids, which are a type of insecticide.
 

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Re: Where are all the bees?
« Reply #3 on: 26/07/2016 11:32:52 »
I read some research that many recent dead bee colonies had very high levels of neonicotinoids, which are a type of insecticide.

Interesting. Neonicotinoids and aluminium binds to nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) in the brain: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452207009001

 

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Re: Where are all the bees?
« Reply #4 on: 28/07/2016 20:23:03 »
The probability that bees gets toxic levels of aluminium oxide from stratospheric aerosol spraying is more likely than neonicotinoid use for agriculture purposes.
 

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Re: Where are all the bees?
« Reply #5 on: 27/08/2016 10:23:22 »
The probability that bees gets toxic levels of aluminium oxide from stratospheric aerosol spraying is more likely than neonicotinoid use for agriculture purposes.

I disagree. While the nicotinic pesticides: imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam are highly toxic to bees, phenylpyrazole-based pesticides like fipronil pose an even greater threat to bee populations with an LD50 of 0.004 micrograms. The use of fipronil includes residential, commercial as well as agricultural applications.
 

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Re: Where are all the bees?
« Reply #6 on: 03/09/2016 02:30:49 »
Also came across something that said bees sperm count were extremely lowered. Recently in South Carolina spraying of farms wiped out colonies nearby too.
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