My ears always perk up if one of my favorite podcasters is talking about bees. After all, beeswax seals the deal in the hard lotion bar and without it, hands and feet would be a mess. So tonight it was Lynne Rossetto Kasper speaking with bee researcher Marla Spivak. Here's an overview of their conversation:
A Bee's Life:
Young bees act as nurses to sister bees.
Middle age bees secrete wax. Older bee is a forager and collects nectar.
The bees lives 4-6 weeks and then they die.
The queen lays 1000 eggs a day.
Colony Colapse Disorder. Bees are dying probably due to 1.) not enough flowers out there 2.) the flowers they encounter have pesticides 3.) bees have their own diseases
In winter 2006 a lot of colonies were suddenly lost. Why so suddenly? Honeybees have been in decline since WW2, due to the agricultural changes. Recent years, it's due to either a new disease or a new pesticide, or a combination of the two.
The future? There's a huge interest in beekeeping, which means people will start paying attention.