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Why Bees Stop Making Honey

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There may seem to be an abundant variety of the right plants blooming at the right time, but if every urban yard hosts a substantial bee colony, the bees will not all have enough plants to pollinate. The Guardian newspaper notes that London has seen an unprecedented rise in urban beekeeping in recent years, and some experts are beginning to worry if the bees are exceeding sustainable levels.

The article notes that researchers have yet to quantify the number of bees that an urban yard can support. Again, there are a number of complex variables that differ from place to place and month to month.

Turn off your cell phone

Finally, a lack of honey or a problem in the hive could be attributable to colony collapse disorder. The large-scale bee die-off was identified and defined in 2006, but has not been definitively diagnosed.

One theory links colony collapse disorder to pesticides and large-scale commercial beekeeping practices that move bees out of their natural habitats. However, other studies have connected the problem to electromagnetic waves, particularly from cell phones.

In one study released this year in India, researchers attached cell phones to bee hives and turned on the phones for two 15-minute periods each day. Three months later, the bees had stopped making honey and the hives had shrunk significantly.

There are many possible reasons for a drop in honey production from an urban bee hive. If the above tips donít help, consult a local beekeeping society, where they would be happy to help.

Related:
4 Tips for Bee Keeping
Bee-Friendly Landscaping
5 Ways to Help Save Bees
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1:44PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

I love bees! Look where we'd be without them! Save the bees!

Thanks Much,
Holly

6:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Interesting information. Thanks!

9:38PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

interesting!!!!

10:28PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

interesting...thanks

5:54PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

maybe they're just tired of humans stealing their honey as fast as they make it. bees make honey for their own purposes. let them have it and just be thankful they are pollinating our crops for us.

3:37PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thank you for the info!

3:16PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

A fascinating film to watch:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?

10:28AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

infinite dark gray mist?

below is a link to a site with a living biotic building idea...
http://mysite.verizon.net/reswz5tl/

9:02AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thanks for the info

12:16AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Nature blessed us with everything we can think of. Honey produced by bees is one of the greatest gifts; no human can produce exactly what the bees can. Sad to say, the bees are slowing down in their production it seems. One reason according to studies: bees seem "affected by electromagnetic fields, particularly from the cellphones!" I guess there's more to this issue. Can nature "cope" or "adjust" to man's changing ways? Or, can man change its ways to "tune in" and be in "mode" with nature? Who and how can it be done?

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