29 Jun '13, 11am

Beemageddon is Here, But We Still Haven’t Banned Insecticides

Beemageddon is Here, But We Still Haven’t Banned Insecticides

Back in the 1970s when I was in elementary school, kids tried to scare each other with stories of killer bees that would be the death of all of us. Fast forward to now and it’s too clear that we, not bees, are the killers. On June 17, 50,000 bumblebees were found dead under trees in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. Dead honeybees, lady bugs and other beneficial insects were also discovered, according to the nonprofit Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation . Rich Hatfield, a conservation biologist with the Xerces Society, describes the devastating sight of seeing dead bumblebees “literally falling out of the trees.” 150 colonies were wiped out in what Hatfield says is “to our knowledge … one of the largest documented bumble bee deaths in the Western U.S.” One Wilsonville resident, Adria Condon, says that bees have still been crawling around the Target park...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/beemageddon-is-here-but-we-st...

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