Sudden death of 20,000 bees in Toronto exhibit dismays experts

February 12, 2011 TORONTO – A Toronto museum is investigating the sudden death of thousands of bees in a glass-enclosed beehive exhibit. Officials at the Royal Ontario Museum said 20,000 bees in a biodiversity exhibit had died within two days last week, though they had appeared healthy. Scientists have ruled out staff error and starvation, but said poor ventilation, disease or a lack of worker bees could be to blame. The museum plans to replace the colony in the spring. “The queen stops laying eggs in early- to mid-October and starts laying again in late February,” University of Guelph researcher Janine McGowan told the Toronto Star newspaper. “If she didn’t lay enough winter worker bee eggs to make sure the hive and honey is kept warm during the winter, that could have contributed to the die-off.” The bees were part of the biodiversity exhibit at the ROM. They were viewed through a special glass hive and staff say there was no sign that anything was wrong. The bees, they say, were perfectly healthy until late last week. Then, within two days, they were all dead.”  –BBC
The news comes on the heels of reports of the mass-death of animals across the globe.
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4 Responses to Sudden death of 20,000 bees in Toronto exhibit dismays experts

  1. Ella says:

    Do they have WiFi in the building? Maybe that, or the cell phones! Both kill bees.

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  2. faraz khan says:

    this could be due to the imminent flip of the earth’s magnetic feild(reversing of the geographic poles).

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  3. bambi says:

    teardrop

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  4. Laurence says:

    I agree with Ella… Studies have shown that 10 minutes of a cell phone in call making mode inside the hive, can cause colony collapse and reduced egg production. Given that hundreds of people will have been filing past the exhibit with not only cell frequencies blaring out of their mobile devices, but also Bluetooth and WiFi; I’m not surprised the hive failed. A temporary step for bee keepers could be to shield their hives from EMF radiation using a copper sheet covering; this may at least give the bees and especially the queen, some respite from the radiation we produce.

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