Millions of bees mysteriously die in Florida

October 2, 2011MICCO, Fla.  – Florida officials are abuzz as to how millions of honey bees were killed in Brevard County. Several beekeepers in the county have reported lost colonies this week. Charles Smith of Smith Family Honey Company told Stuart News Thursday he lost 400 beehives. He says the bees appeared to have been poisoned. “I’ll never get completely compensated for this unless someone handed me 400 beehives,” Smith told Stuart News. “I lost the bees, the ability to make honey and the ability to sell the bees.” Smith told Florida Today that he lost $150,000 from the incident. State officials are testing the bees to determine what type of chemicals contributed to their deaths. Experts say pesticides might be behind the lost beehives. “The fact that it was so widespread and so rapid, I think you can pretty much rule out disease,” Bill Kern, an entomologist with the University of Florida’s Research and Education Center, told Florida Today. “It happened essentially almost in one day. Usually diseases affect adults or the brood, you don’t have something that kills them both.” The case in Micco, 18 miles south of Melbourne, is being investigated by state agriculture officials and the sheriff’s office.CBS
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32 Responses to Millions of bees mysteriously die in Florida

  1. segulah says:

    Hello, thanks for this article. If you all are able to read/hear how this story ends, please post it for us if you will. I am really interested to know the cause of this die-off. Thank you for your work!


  2. Yes, a fascinating story and very sad. I, too, would like to know the outcome of the investigation into the cause. (Your blog is very impressive- well done and thanks.)


  3. This is a catastrophe for the citrus industry in that area! Why isn’t MSM and the FBI in on this one? Maybe because it was planned to punish Florida for it’s RIGHT leaning as of late? I suspect terrorist are at the bottom of this..expect more as we get closer to the election..which will not be held.. because of the country wide Revolution at the hands of the Green/SEIU/Communists/Progressive/Soros led propaganda Machine. The agriculture/industrial industry has been taken over but the smaller producers (like the beekeepers) are at the BASE of all production. Mark my words..someone has figured this out and stay on the lookout for this ecoterrorism all over the country.


    • Andrew Mealey says:

      This did not hurt the citrus industry in Florida. Bees are not needed to pollinate citrus. But it is a terrible blow to the beekeepers and their ability to make a profit. Citrus flow contributes to most of their honey production during the year. The death of the bees is also a terrible blow. These were probably strong hives. Also, the beekeeper may have to render all his comb to be safe for next year. A tragedy. [I had 120 beehives in California for 7 years].


  4. Bev Wallace says:

    I think there is a very close link between bee die offs and GM crops, which are genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant. meaning the farmer can spray herbicide liberally without harming his crops, however I think the build up of herbicide is killing the bees. They tell us this is safe,m but then they used to tell us that DDT was safe too……….


  5. Amy P. says:

    I am inclined to believe GMO’s are a big part of the problem. But, I saw this today about small aggresive ants in Texas (also in Florida) They can attack beehives. It could just be a combination of many things happening at once and overwhelming the bees.


  6. dana says:

    Thanks Alvin for checking into because I brought mosquitoes control spraying stuffs for my back blower (Echo) and on label it said “do not spraying on flowers or it will kills bees”. That made me nervous to using it and been sitting for awhile.


  7. TJ Taylor says:

    I’ve seen special broadcasts on this a couple of years ago. So its not new. But few seem really interested unless its in their face..which it may be once honey disappears off their table and they never see any bees..they are here for other reasons..its a balance…once that balance is’ll see other species me..its terrifying!


  8. I haven’t noticed them crawling on the ground, but I can’t remember seeing any bumblebees this year and we didn’t get the influx of yellow jackets like we usually do this time of year. Even the wasps I usually see throughout the summer were fewer than normal.

    I feel like we are going to be seeing a food crises very soon. Along the the dying off of honey bees, we have had disastrous floods and droughts. This is not going to be good.



  9. nanoduck says:

    There are several things that are blamed for the deaths of bees and bumblebees. 1) diseases, like mites and others. 2) GM crops, which make their own insecticide 3) cell phones, which have been proven to influence bees and confuse their homing senses.
    It can be a combination of all that and more.


    • C. Grow says:

      Aluminum and Barium in Military and corporate Geoengineering exercies likely also plays a role.

      Studies should include looking for these chemicals in the bodies of the bees.


    • NickK0 says:

      “….cell phones, which have been proven to influence bees and confuse their homing senses”.
      Nanoduck, I have read that there is *speculation* linking cell phones and the bee die-off, but I have not heard or read anything ‘concrete’ on this issue.

      Are you aware of such a thing ? Would you have a link to reference us to, perhaps, for readers here ??

      IF there IS a link between cell phone use, and the bee die off, I would consider this to be a VERY serious problem….. since modern Yuppies and other folks would rather DIE than give up their cell phones while driving.

      IF this “link” turns out to be proved, the choice we may be facing is : Let’s destroy a good chunk of the food chain, and risk starving a good portion of the planet, just so we can have the CONVENIENCE of cell phones.

      No wonder, G0D seems to be SO ANGRY with mankind. 😡

      – Nick


  10. Stacy says:

    I’ll bet this has something to do with the sun and the X-class fares.


  11. scott gebert says:

    Florida uses alot of Non-repellent insecticides. Sprayed on ornamentals. When the bee is pollenating (sp?) He does not know it is there and takes it with him back to the hive. Termidor has been used alot!


  12. \ says:

    Yes, I agree that a die-off in a day will more likely be from an insecticide than a ‘bug’/mite/parasite/germ.infection. Now was this ‘insecticide’ sprayed or ingested as a component of pollinating GMO crops?


  13. Alan Foos says:

    GM crops and chemtrails both. And deliberate.


  14. robert says:

    I’ve garden for many years, and have many wild-flowers around where i live, and in my neighborhood that attract honey bees, including bumble bees. Although I’ve never believed in pesticides nor used it, and have read books and articles on colony collapse disorder, I’d have to say, witnessing for the first time the affects of hundreds of honey bees dying in my attic, was a complete and total shock. First, because these are wild-flowers, no pesticides. Second, that bees flew together, and sought refuge in the night when they couldn’t find their way back to their hive. Which begs the question, what cause the bees to get lost? The bees at night seek the relatively warm refuge in the summer (which would have been their hive). They entered through the flue of the exhaust pipe in the roof of my house, and the following day, sought to escape through the open screened windows (not realizing their point of entry was their escape). The attic gets very hot during the day, and they subsequently died. The only answer I can come up explaining their being lost is the magnetic fluctuations of the earth, caused by solar wind/flares, cme. Bees navigate great distances by highly sensitive magnetic compass. Pesticides have been used for many years, and the CCD seems to be a relatively new phenomenon.


  15. rockpicker says:

    Candace; Your ‘terrorists’ operate out of Washington, and belong to fascist organizations, such as EPA, USDA and FDA. They do not love you. If they did, they would not allow Corexit to be sprayed, or aspartame to be marketed, or mercury and squalene to be used in vaccines. These agencies are vicious. They do the bidding of industry, which is ultimately controlled by the international banking community, so don’t dis the protestors who , at last, are attempting to stand up to the culprits.


  16. I am sorry to see another sad story in the continuing saga of mass bee deaths. There was a time in the past during the summer months, when our grapevines, pear and apples trees begin to bear their fruit, there were so many bees in our backyard we would have to be extra careful and try to avoid them, not anymore they have disappeared. I promise myself if they ever return I will not complain about their presence again, you know that old saying “You never miss the well until the water runs dry” let’s hope in the case of the bees the the water doesn’t dry up if it does forget the Mayan calender.


  17. gary says:

    gm crops


  18. PansPermia says:

    Something is amiss and by that I mean a lot more than something natural is casuing this.


  19. kevin says:

    not too hard to figure it out,…it’s called COREXIT being sprayed day and night over Florida golf.


  20. robert says:

    probably related to the onbgoing gulf oil disaster (macondo deepwell ), they never capped that thing, all that oil (and the poison gases), continue to bubble up, spread out, and enter the rain systems (florida, and the southeast are targets). check the bees for benzene, and other petrochemicals.


  21. Benny Santos says:

    Here in Va. Bch. Va. I haven’t seen a honey bee or yellow jacket in four year’s. They use to be all over the place. This is a real bad sign because these insects are important for all of our produce. When they go completely extinct we will be next. Our fish supplies are also dying. And beef is also being contaminated. So what’s left for us to eat? Junk food we can’t live off junk food. Good article keep up the good work. Take care brother.


  22. As a Floridian, it upsets me to think that our Bees are being poisoned by any means be it natural or by man’s hand. I am highly allergic to any kind of bees, wasps or the kind, but that does not mean that I would want harm to come to them as we need them for our honey production as well as for other things in nature. Please let me know along with others when you find out what happened to your bees. I am truly sorry that you had such a loss.


  23. JEN says:

    We kill the bees….we kill ourselves. It’s kind of a funny back fire to the way America has industrialized farming. There are few family farms left in America that grow multiple crops and raise animals. They have acres and acres of one crop that the government ask them/paid them to grow. So much of one crop that they are forced to buy and ship honey bees back and forth to pollinate. Bees can’t thrive on one food source and stay healthy so why would they stick around on these one crop farms? The poor bees have become slaves to the system, being fed artifical food and exposed to a slew of insecticides which have compromised thier immune systems. They are infested with diseases, not able to produce healthy offspring, and it is no wonder they are all dying.With all that I have read about bee farming, its really a very sad tale what all these bees are going through to put food on our tables. I guess you know that bees are loyal to death to thier queen, right? A queen bee lives up to five years in nature BUT in bee farms they pinch the queens head off after one month and replace her with a younger queen able to reproduce faster. The entire bee colony will try to kill the new Queen at first as well. It’s sick and not natural! OFF WITH THIER HEADS!!!


  24. Linda says:

    Live in SW VA and we are avid gardeners, this year we noticed a HUGE absence of flying insects. Saw some honey bees at the start of the season, none by the end. Honey bees are abnormally small. Fruit,vegetables half eaten by squirrels or rabbits sit on the ground and there are no signs of normal insects attacking the fruit, etc., after the fact. Weird indeed since we are hard core organic gardeners. Think the GMO foods are creating tremendous damage. The annual Monarch butterflies migrate through this area and the numbers are very, very low.


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