South Carolina honey bees have begun to die in massive numbers. Death of the areas bees has come suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at the hive entrances. Dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that ‘colony collapse disorder’ was not the culprit….
In colony collapse disorder, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind.
Instead, the dead heaps in S.C signal a more devastating killer. The pattern matches acute pesticide poisoning.
By one estimate, at a single Bee Farm in Summerville, 46 hives died on the spot, totaling around 2.5 million bees. Walking through the farm, one Summerville woman stated it was “like visiting a cemetery, pure sadness.”
A Clemson University scientist collected soil samples from Flowertown on Tuesday, according to WCBD-TV….