Millions of Bees Mysteriously Die in Florida

MICCO, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) – 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.

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  • Boogie Mann

    Not to worry. They were merely northern bees that retired and moved to Florida.

    • Mike Notsaying
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      • Ranger01

        Thank you for this linked Artical. It makes sense.

      • Capt.Terry

        You have a good thought there, but I live and study the weather here in Florida and I don’t see any connection to BP in the G.O.M. The daily summertime tropical storm movements, the wind directions, humidity, and other factors don’t stack up for that week of the bee kill. I might be more inclined to suspect and investigate the local NASA and AirForce facilities up and down the East coast of Florida. Nasa pop’s off rockets very frequently, along with AirForce and Navy Aircraft the fly heavily up and down the coast. Rocket fuel is heavy in Iodine and jet fuel in very heavy with mercury, lead and other cemicals. Research has shown that the Bee’s themselves, are by nature very sensitive to the pesticides that are used in the extermination of Mosquitos. Nice try. LOL

      • Avitar

        Melbourne and Bavard county are on the east side of the state Two hundred miles from the Gulf and a thousand from the BP spill We are talking less than 30 miles to NASA
        This is grapefruit and orange country and supports cattle too.

    • Jerri Remov

      That might explain why my father has reported about 4- 5 bees dead every day in the walkway of his over- 55 condo in Naples. The bees know.

      • b

        :) The bees do know.

    • s

      Try looking at the New Industry pesticides combined with GM plants For example Chinook, used on oilseed rape and Bayer UK 720

      • Edward

        I am stuck here in stupidville California. I spray around my house twice a year an have appleblossom which the bees like not one bee has died an i use the strongest pesticeds i can find, not trying to kill the bees just the ants an other unwanted bugs.. Went to replenish my supply of bug killer only to find out the EPA or the state of stupid banned everything that works…. Now i have bug issues an will have to hire a pro for much $$$… You people need to use your brains, how would a company profit by killing its customers?

      • CABeekeeper

        Hey Edward,
        Whether or not you see dead bees after you spray poisons, you are killing them. Usually if a bees feels itself sick or dangerous to the hive, it will not return to the hive after foraging. It will fly off into sunset, so to say. If enough bees do not return, the hive suffers a slow death. Bee population in CA is 30%. We don’t have enough hives here to pollinate all our crops. Hope you like wheat and corn because that’s what you’ll be eating when the bees disappear.

      • CABeekeeper

        Amendment: I meant the bee population is down 30%.

      • mtn man

        Hey Edward:
        How does a company profit by killing its customers? Can you say “big tobacco”
        They kill tons of customers. BUT these dead customers help tobacco get more addict customers before they die.

    • Lance

      Over 100 bees died in my attic back in May. It occurred shortly after a geomagnetic storm, solar flare. The bees couldn’t find their way back to the colony. There are not pesticide around the house or in the area. It’s mostly wild flowers. The reason they got lost was because of the magnetic fluctuations that wreak havoc on their highly sensitive magnetic compass (that’s how they navigate for 50 miles). They sought refuge in my attic, because at night, it is still relatively warm from the day, and the outside temperature dropped.IN the morning they were trapped because they went towards the screened windows instead of the flue of the roof (smallest opening). And died because of the heat. Pesticide is not the sole answer to colony collapse disorder.

  • Jimmy Kilpatrick

    Better check with Monsanto…

    • Dale

      My thinking……

    • Henry Thoreau

      Genetically Modified Food Pollen at it’s finest.

      • Mike Notsaying

        dont forget chem spraying

    • jay kellog

      If history holds…Monsanto would just sue the beekeeper for unauthorized use of it’s insecticide, and win! Then a Democrat-appointed appeals court would uphold the ruling. The beekeepers land would then be seized in the judgement and given to Monsanto.

      Hey, ask farmers how many of them have lost everything to Monsanto that way…

      • Wood Yi

        all too true. Americans refuse to believe in justice. No reason to trust anyone in this country anymore, all rotten, top to bottom.

      • Jodi

        You nailed it, Jay. Unfortunately.

        Our planet is doomed because we’re too freakin’ lazy and stupid to care for it the right way. And our government idiots keep siding with the mega-corporations and the almighty dollar instead of doing a little research and exercising common sense. And yep, Monsanto has destroyed the livelihoods and lives of farmers who were doing everything right; and in doing so, has succeeded in dooming us all.

      • Siraj

        Posted on alpprentay the OSU campus wide lost and found is in McCracken. i went in there once. i dont think anything is ever found there. only lost.

    • ontie1

      Have you thought about going elsewhere where man does not exist?

    • ryan

      Chemtrails! Heavy aersol spraying has done the same to honey bees and bumble bees here in upstate NY too.

      • BobPDX

        Chemtrails for ever baby.

        I saw 12 lines across the sky in Oregon one day last week.

        They must have turned up the juice in Florida.

    • Pikkon

      Beeologics is focused on biological research. Current projects in its pipeline – including a product candidate being developed to help protect bee health – use a naturally-occurring process to provide targeted pest and disease control.

      • lisa

        oh just great, now Monsanto wants to genectically engineer bees so they wont die when sprayed with their own (monsantos)synthetic chemicals.. its the same thing they did to all of our corn, soybeans, canola and cotton,and now 15 years later all the crops are starting to fail, the soil is degraded, the pests are immune, the weeds are even bigger and the crops are falling to disease. I wouldnt trust the bees with Monsanto! EVER!

      • blah blah blah

        if it’s “naturally-occurring” does that mean Monsanto won’t seek a patent? This seems like a big deal, will they’d do this for the greater good for free? No, I didn’t think so. Just introduce another product, another revenue stream.

    • blah blah blah

      Would not be suprised. But if the bees ingested the GM pollen, wouldn’t Monsanto then “own” the bees?

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  • Jean-Philippe Gibson

    Cellphones Contribute to Bee Colony Collapse, Study Suggests

    CCD: Colony Collapse Disorder Fueled by Cell Phones

    • Patrick Thomas

      There have been ENORMOUS amounts of chemtrails in this area the last few days. I believe it’s a combination of pesticides, chemtrails, cell towers and GMOs.

      • treasurecoastskywatch

        Sure has been a lot of chemtrails in this area , how else can they push GMO seeds . they need to destroy the Ph of the soil

      • Bruce

        I assume that you, and the others parroting the “chemtrail” statements who might also be you, are refering to contrails from airplanes. I can assure you that the trails you see are caused by hot air from the engines squeezing humidity out of the air, which then immediately, if it’s cold enough, refreeze into a cloud of ice crystals. They are not chemicals or pesticides or florides or mind control drugs.
        I have the feeling that I’m wasting my breath as I would be if I tried to convince you we had landed on the moon, that George Bush didn’t blow up the World Trade Centers, or that President Obama is a US citizen, but it was worth a try.

      • hillcoguy

        The Ph of the soil can only be corrected by human feces tilled into the soil. Invite a bunch of friends over for DUMP party!

    • MikeSpike365

      The first flower in my yard each is the lowly dandylion. The bees love them. Herbicides on peoples lawns kill off the flower the bees need. Now I appreciate the bees and try to keep a fresh perspective on the beauty of dandylions!

      • Jodi

        Bravo, Mike! Me too. Dandelions are the first honey bee food source to bloom here every year. And this spring, our idiot homeowners association put up signs around the neighborhood encouraging us all to “spray the dandelions” and thus “help make our neighborhood more beautiful!” Seriously! (Just thinking about it, I think I threw up in my mouth a bit… again!)

        We have far too many short-sighted, easily led folks (like ol’ California Edward, above) who fall for the lies and have only the level of patience that calls for quick fixes. Meanwhile, they spray their Monsanto chemicals to temporarily solve the problems that last year’s chemicals created, and continue the cycle of ruining the land they live on.

        Give me dandelions (which, by the way, are edible for us, too!) and healthy honey bees any day over artificially green lawns and manicured shrubs!

      • lisa

        bruce is one of those who thinks the elite govt/corp will take care of us and care about us! WOW, wonder if he has ever heard of operation northwoods? LOOk it up! and I have more evidence of crooked/corruption. LOTS.. and this is just the stuff that gets thru! Most of it is hidden, and never comes to light of day! GULLIBLE people!!

  • patriot888

    First check into Eco-terrorists who want to exaggerate global warming.

    • OGolly

      My first thoughts precisely …

    • Greg

      or the ATF.

    • lisa

      dandeliions were brought to USA from EU for the fact that they were completetly edilble and gave habitat to bees.!!!!!!

    • lisa

      we are talking about global poisoning. It can alter weather as well.

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  • DianeCee

    The federal “gubmint” is hard at work killing off our food supply. It’s time to keep them at bay. In Florida, they have a “you loot, we shoot” law. It’s time to apply that law.

  • WakeUpAmerica

    It’s obviously a terrorist attack, the people that control the food supply control the population. We were sucker punched on 9/11 and it’s happening again. The communists and radical islam are working together to take this country down in ways both big and small.

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  • Janie Sims

    Some years ago I heard about the alarming fact that bees are dissappearing (around the world). Many reports have stated CCD (colony collapse disease) where colonies just disappeared is a mystery. This article states these bees were poisoned. My thoughts were also focused on Monsanto. With current crop shortages, without bees to pollenate the crops, future produce/food supply will dwindle. A plan for the government to control our food supply, or lack of???

    • kathy

      Hubby (who works in agriculture) and I talked about this phenomenon just yesterday. He said that Bayer (of aspirin fame) developed a chemical that lives in the soil for something like 15 years and that it was responsible for a lot of these bee deaths, especially European bees that already have compromised immune systems. I’m sure there’s probably more to the story, but this is a beginning place to research.

      • newenglandbeekeeper

        You are correct. My husband and I are commercial beekeepers. Bayer produces systemic pesticides. And the people from Bayer have shown up on the doorsteps of the ag researchers to threaten them. I’m not saying anymore. These people creep me out.

  • SmartMetersSuck

    It appears that Florida now has Smart Meters. Congratulations!

    • Silvina

      Florida Power & Light recemtly installed a Smart Meter and everyday since then, I am finding dead bees. No pesticides were involved, which is what I thought at first. Upon researching the Smart Meters, I am finding all sorts of troubling things about them.

  • Catherine Crabill

    MONSANTO is RIGHT! Genetically Modified Foods are designed to produce their OWN INSECTICIDE/PESTICIDE!
    Today the honey bees, tomorrow it’s YOU! Demand the labeling of GMO foods in America and shut down this genocide!

    • Denver

      what nonsense.

      • Janie Sims

        Before you say nonsense, maybe you should research GMO (Genetically Modified Foods) and then respond. You do know that Monsanto owns GMO seeds. AND, Monsano is sueing farmers for saving seeds. Google Monsanto illegal to save seed. You will see that it is illegal for farmers to save seed. THIS IS INSANE… AND SCARY AS HE**. And the word ‘nonsense’ doesn’t even come close to what our government is doing.

      • What?

        Whats the refute, its Monsato, Duh!

      • Jack J.

        Hey Janie Sims, you are completely wrong and have bought off on the Monsanto propaganda. Sigh…

        WHen a farmer plants GMO seed next to farmer B who does not use GMO seed, the GMO filed contaminates the no GMO filed. Monsanto finds out who does not use GMO in the area, waits till their fields are harvested, sends their goons down to take samples of the non-GM crop, and viola! Of course there is natural cross contamination, by bees, wind, etc.So Monsanto sues the farmer for patent infringement saying the farmer is using patented seed from Monsanto. Which is completely BS, because Monsanto seed is “Terminator” seed, genetically modified not to produce more seed so every farmer will have to return to Monsanto to buy more seed.

        So you are the farmer being sued by a multibillion dollar corporation (which now owns XE, formerly Blackwater). What do you do? Dump your 401k and hire a lawyer to fight in court for 10 years and destroy your life? Or do you roll over and say you are guilty and settle out of court?

        I will keep typing, as long as it takes to show others the truth.

    • Pnazer
    • Panzer

      GMO / Mossanto is the problem.

  • Over It

    Chemtrails are killing the Birds and the Bees.
    Were next!!!

    • Patrick Thomas

      Yes, there have been ENORMOUS amounts of chemtrails in this area the last few days.

      • Cris

        Posted on ok, altaucly, the man in question was Boston Athletic Association founder Robert Clark. And he was speaking about the actual Boston Marathon. But I think the same principal applies.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    First, you get the sugar. Then you get the power. THEN, you get the women

  • Rhonda Zuti Hough

    It’s already been mentioned that all the cellular towers are scrambling the bees brains so they don’t return to the hives. Ironic to think that our need to stay in touch could be the complete undoing of the agricultural nation.

  • JR

    Something else is going on that isn’t natural. It wouldn’t be disease or sporadic pesticide use. It sounds like something purposeful.

    • Tony

      Posted on Way awomese, some legitimate factors! I recognize you creating this short article obtainable, the remainder of the website can be higher top quality. Have a very entertaining.

  • Melanie Smith

    It has already been concluded that this sudden colony collapse has been linked to the use of “systemic” pesticides (NOT older topically applied pesticides like Sevin, etc.) The beekeepers in France have been through this already and determined this correlation with the systemic (the type that the plant absorbs through the root and enters the interior part of the plant) type of pesticide. When the colonies were kept away from crops with “systemic” pesticides, there was no longer sudden colony collapse. I would not blame one organization. Blame the TYPE of pesticide and seek to curtail its use.

    • Chuck Baby

      Melanie, You are the only writer in this hogwallow of panic and ignorance with a plausible explanation. The beekeepers and the public deserve a responsible approach to this problem. Persons who cannot pass the science portion of the GED should just not be allowed to post.

      • ctinpvb

        Think Melanie has put a ‘capital’ on many of the thoughts expressed here. Bayer/Monsanto create sytemic pesticides. Add the Government (proscriptions/prescriptions et al) to Monsanto. Add ‘worst interest per ideological agendas’ equal; in so many words not just ‘eco-terrorisim’ but a Government-at-work; preparing their own version of Brave New World – and Beyond. . .

  • ygtr

    Chemtrails + HARRP

  • OGolly

    I concur that there is sufficient evidence to suspect eco-terrorism, not only by the usual suspects, but large multi-national corporations such as Monsato which seek to control the food supply and thereby the population. It is high time we wake up to the global elitists who wish to rule the world the way the aristocrats of the “dark ages” ruled the known world.

    • Bunch

      Posted on anaizmg issues here. I’m very happy to see your post. Thank you so much and im looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

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  • D.A.

    pesticides from some spray not that far away

  • No thank you

    There was very heavy chemtrail coverage over Tampa Bay on around Sept 21 and I videoed the jets laying down line after line of it. Authorities won’t say what they put in the mix but some sources say it is Aluminum Oxide an Barium and this stuff gets on the planst and your lungs. Aluminum is bad for humans, imagine what it does to a tiny bee.
    Supposedly this aerosolized chemtrail is done for our own good, but I think the results on human food an respiration will end up similar to bees, it’ll just take longer.
    PS If you really support our troops STOP spraying their wives and children that live in Tampa. I have videoed the jets laying for several months, some days it is heavy, some days your don’t see chemtrails at all

  • mertsj

    So perhaps the Bible is correct with its prediction of scarity and death upon the earth?

  • Burt

    millions of radio/TV/tel waves are disorienting/feeding a wrong signals to them

  • Robin

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the change in the magnetic field.

    • Loren Heyns


      • Robin

        And I thought I read somewhere that the magnetic fields are in the process of flipping – one of the 2012 phenomena.

        I did not see that research that you offered – seems more convincing to me than all these paranoid and emotional conspiracy theories.

    • Loren Heyns

      Pigeon races are canceled whenever we have a storm as strong as the one last week. The pigeons get lost. There’s evidence that geomagnetic storms weaken immune systems, increasing the impact of existing pathogens.

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