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Bee Parasite the Latest Threat to Hawaii's Honey Industry

Animals  (tags: animals, invasive species, bees, agriculture, environment, wildlife )

- 3303 days ago -
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that it has confirmed the presence of small hive beetles on the island of Hawaii.


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MmAway M (519)
Friday May 7, 2010, 5:36 pm
Thanks Cal for this News!

Just another report of MAN importing things that DO NOT BELONG in a certain area!

UPSET...YEP!!! No words!!

Terry B (649)
Saturday May 8, 2010, 5:11 pm
Homo doofus messing around with the environment actually works two ways. We get all sorts of Chinese creatures in packing crates coming into North America wiping out trees and the like.

However, the honeybees that everyone here is worried about (and I speak of North America, not Hawaii) is actually itself an inmported invasive species.

Laurel W (23)
Saturday May 8, 2010, 5:45 pm
This tragedy is being played out all over the world. It is happening here in the UK. I have not seen a honeybee in my bit of garden in Hampshire (south UK), for at least two years, just a few hairy ones. It is not just the veroa parasite which is killing them, either; viruses, pesticide poisoning and weakened immune systems are all combining to cause a bee pandemic.

Now, we are really beginning to see the results of humanity's destruction of the environment. This is not just about the extinction of some obscure species of beetle in a distant rainforest, any more. Now, it's coming back to sting us in the butt (pun intended), when hive after hive of honeybees are found to have died in sudden colony collapse sydrome...and our fruits and nuts are left unpollinated, leading to losses of billions in various currencies around the world, and perhaps eventually to food shortages, and a drastic reduction in the range of foods available. We have brought this on ourselves. What are we going to do, when the last hive is dead?

Carol H (40)
Saturday May 8, 2010, 8:15 pm
If everyone would just stop travelling the world and bringing back all invasive species of plants, pests, diseases etc. That might work. Would people do it? No, probably not. Be happy to eat what is native to your area, IN SEASON. Nope, won't do that either. Have a respectful attitude towards nature and the planet, no? Then, we're doomed. God forgive us.

sue M (184)
Saturday May 8, 2010, 10:29 pm
I would not be suprised if someone planted them.
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