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To understand CCD you must first understand bees. ANTHROPOMORPHISM is a word used to describe when someone projects human characteristics or human reasons for animal and or insect behavior projected onto nature. For instance a honeybee doesn't get mad and sting you, but rather honeybees have very small brains and doesn't scheme or retaliate out of anger, but instead it stings out of response to stimuli. A great artist that made fabulous sculptures out of wood and stone was asked how he did it. His answer was that he had to eliminate everything that wasn't part of the face or statue, and when he was done the face or statue would be all that was left. That is what beekeepers that work with nature do. We learn what elicits stinging behaviors and avoid those acts, and are able to do more with the bees. We also learn such things as to use smoke and other things of the trade. Unfortunately we cannot put ourselves in the position of what the bees experience in regards to somthing like our use of Apistan strips to kill mites. Fluvalinate which is the active ingredient of Apistan is also present in most hives of CCD. I would advise beekeepers to stop using Apistan and use something non toxic and yet dependable. My instructor Dr. Norman Gary at U.C. Davis, said that if he could live a day as a bee he could know why bees do certain behaviors, but unfortunately he can only observe and speculate. To me honeybees provide a window of opportunity to a glimpse into what nature is about. There are three different bees; drones, workers and the queen bee. Drone bees are all male bees and their only job is to play and mate. I have watched them do strange things like fan their wings to propel themselves upside down across a puddle of water on their back for no other reason than to goof off, unless it is hygienic as a way to eject mites or something. (I have to be careful not to project anthropomorphism when describing this and some other behaviors). Drone bees do not have a father, but do have a maternal grandfather. It is his mom's fault that he has no dad, because she can lay either male or female eggs as needed. The eggs that are to become Drone are known as HAPLOID. Worker bees are female and at maturity remain workers and never mate. Both the workers and the queen come from a DIPLOID egg. The queen bee after mating holds sperm in a bag to use to make Diploid eggs and will never mate again. At mating she mates in the air with as many males as are able. They do this at about 50 feet or so in the air. If a hive is doing well and not effected by ants or other enemies of the hive and the queen bee is laying well, worker bees will be too busy to put a lot of effort into guarding the hive. The older worker bees will hang around the hive as guard bees and the youngest worker bees tend to the brood and queen, while the majority of the hive is busy foraging, and can communicate the locations of the five requirements of bees by a waggle tail dance. The young bees must notice mites and other enemies to be able to clean them from the hive. The queen bee is a queen bee because of her diet and care. She matures to be able to mate and can live several years because of this royal jelly and care, whereas her sisters the worker bees can only live up to about 6 months. Diseases and hard work can shorten their lives. Royal Jelly is high in Pantothenic acid. When someone is too busy being a couch potato their bone system might not be getting enough stimulation to absorb calcium regardless how much calcium is consumed with the couch potato person's diet, and so develop osteoporosis. This allegory is a way of explaining what happens when foragers have no forage available, the queen isn't stimulated to lay more eggs sort of like the homeostasis in a human being or any other animal in nature. There are five things that must be readily available for foragers to forage. Clean water, nectar to make into honey, pollen to make into beebread, sap to make into propollis, and a healthy safe location. The honey is a carbohydrate and beebread contains proteins. Both contain various minerals. When honeybees are low on the five things required to maintain their hives they rely on storage, as they are notorious hoarders. However, if fed artificial replacements too long over too many generations of bees you end up with more and more problems. Bees are selective, and that means a bee harvesting yellow star thistle honey nectar will not in the same season harvest sage or mint nectar, but other bees will harvest other nectars in the same colony. What this causes is for the bees to be forced to range further from the hive for variety. For instance if someone grows buckwheat the bees will travel several miles to harvest it. There is something in buckwheat nectar that is extremely attractive to honeybees once they begin working it. However buckwheat flowers are only open in the morning, and tend to be less able to be foraged after the zenith of the sun at noon. This causes bees to return to the hive unable to locate the type of nectar those particular bees were foraging. They do not forage but rather guard the hive until the next morning. When diversity of forage is nearby the bees tend to stay local within a three mile radius or even less, but if the hive is still healthy and diversity of forage is limited bees will search a greater distance from the hive. If there is genetically engineered plants and insecticides in every direction it will effect the bees. The only common denominator in CCD is insecticide build up, and because Neonicitoids have a very strong residual effect they pose the greatest danger to honeybees. Neonicitoids as BAYER their manufacturer states, are responsible for immune system suppression of insects, memory loss of insects, and absconding of insects, which are the same symptoms of CCD. All systemic insecticides seem to be residual. Systematic means treating a plant seed or other part of the plant to make the entire plant toxic. In studies most of CCD hives which had their comb wax tested had numerous residual insecticides in the pollen and wax, and all had some sort of insecticide. Some had been banned years ago and may have been used years later after the bans but more than likely it is the residual effect of the toxins. Also residual toxins add up each time they are applied in a given area or each time a colony is exposed. It is not uncommon to find 18 pathogens in the hives destroyed by CCD, which is due to their immune systems failing BECAUSE OF RESIDUAL INSECTICIDES. These 18 pathogens are opportunistic factors rather than cause factors. These 18 pathogens and cell phones and other things have been blamed long enough for the cause, but the one common denominator in CCD is residual insecticide build up. Neonicitoids have a very strong residual effect. So that is why I believe they should be discontinued and banned and replaced by less toxic non residual agents.
Senator Diane Fienstein, is concerned for the honeybee, so I think she might help us. Anyone can please call her at (202) 224-3841 in Washington D.C. and tell her you are a BEEKEEPER and concerned for healthy forage areas for insects and the eradication of CCD, and also banning NEONICS.
The best to you!
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  2007 podcast on CCD with Dr. Eric Mussen, Ph.D. UC Davis Depertment of Entomology Extension Apiculturist
  Imported Bees Not Source Of Virus Associated With Colony Collapse Disorder
  What Penn State ag dept. is doing about CCD
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Have you heard that no one knows what is causing colony collapse disorder? Maybe even that it may be cell phones or who knows what else? I submit the main cause is "Neonicitoids" under more than a dozen different names, and was discovered to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder in the 90's. The French Beekeepers refer to it as Neonics.

There are a plethora of opportunistic factors associated with CCD over 18 pathogens, however it is insecticides that is the cause. That is the factor that must be eliminated to eradicate CCD.

People want proof that Neonicitoids are actually THE cause of CCD, and I don't blame them. However, while too many beekeepers are waiting for someone to tell them what time it is, time is being lost that could be spent in efforts to eradicate CCD. The authoritative facts are and this is according to the manufacturer; Bayer claims (and studies confirm) that Neonics are present in blossoms and pollen and that it persists in the soil for at least one year, as it is a residual insecticide. So the bees do get some of it. If it will kill a really tough Japanese Beetle for 12 months is it really sensible to believe that it wouldn't kill a honeybee, known to be sensitive to the drug? As little as one part per billion is toxic to honeybees. Consider also Bayer's own account of how termites are killed by Imidacloprid a Neonicitoid: the termite's immune system is compromised by the neurotoxin so that it becomes susceptible to the viruses, bacteria and fungi that are normally present and controlled. In other words, their immune systems collapse. If, by chance, the termite is not killed outright, when it flies away from its nest, Bayer's ads say that it will not be able to find its way back. Sound familiar? Sound like colony collapse disorder? The manufacturer themselves claim it causes all of the symptoms for CCD, shouldn't that be reason enough to avoid contaminating honeybees with Neonicitoids?
About 1/3 of food crops depend upon honeybees to help pollinate. Many fruits and vegetables simply will not yield without honeybees to pollinate them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRBJf57aNp4 · YouTube - 60 Minutes: Why Are Honeybees Disappearing? Pt. 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RZv9BvQJ-A ·
YouTube - 60 Minutes: Why Are Honeybees Disappearing? Pt. 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_XnvZAcM0U · YouTube - What If The Disappearance of the Bees is Caused By ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIUo3STj6tw · YouTube - NATURE | Silence Of The Bees | Online Exclusive | PBS
http://aginfo.psu.edu/psa/08WinSpr/bees.html · What Penn State ag dept. is doing about CCD

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Guro Dennis Servaes attended U.C. Davis Entomology 119 to study apiculture from Dr. Norman Gary.   Dr. Norman Gary is a very funny instructor. You may have seen him covered with honeybees in a commercial. Dr. Norman Gary co-starred in the movie The Savage Bees with Michael Parks,. Ben Johnson and Paul Hecht. Executive Producers Merrill Grant and Don Kirshner. Written by Guerdon Trueblood - music by Walter Murphy Produced and Directed by Bruce Geller.
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