Thursday 13 February 2014

Zombie Bees

The disappearance of bees, officially called “Colony Collapse Disorder”, has been worrying me for a long time; in fact I’m surprised I’ve not written a dedicated article on it before. Beekeepers have noticed that their hives are being ruined. The bees have not died, or at least not died in the hives; they have just left them deserted. A large proportion of the world’s bees have simply vanished and this disquieting epidemic has now spread across the world. Bees are not only delightful creatures in themselves; brightly-coloured herbivores which buzz melodically on warm summer days and provide us with honey, they are an essential part of the food chain, both natural and agricultural. Their hard work props up human civilization as well as the rest of the biosphere. Albert Einstein even warned that “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live”. The real cause of Colony Collapse Disorder has not been agreed on, but many factors have been blamed: cold weather, GM crops, mobile phone transmissions, pesticides and the outbreak of a parasitic mite called Varroa. Whatever the true cause, it interests me that organic beekeepers claim that their own hives are not affected.

Now the story of disappearing bees has taken on a truly nightmarish development: “zombie bees”. So far this phenomenon is confined to North America, but it might spread; it already has a very long way. It started in San Francisco and is now in Vermont, that’s the entire breadth of the continent. This time we’re told that the cause has been positively identified; infestation with a parasite, the eggs of the fly Apocephalus Borealis. The eggs are laid in the bee’s body and the larvae inside hatch out and eat the bee alive. This causes strange behaviour in the bee, understandably! The insects become disorientated and leave their hives, buzzing to and fro randomly; “flight of the living dead” as one beekeeper quipped. In doing so they sometimes infect other hives. The bees’ behaviour is similar in some ways, in comparison to normal bee behaviour, as that of the Romeroesque zombie is in relation to the normal human. Agricultural authorities are currently researching as to what action to take, see: No doubt they will be consulting the experts on Plum Island, but should they? What if Plum Island is the cause of the disaster? What bothers me about this news story is that the emergence of this disease has come on top of so many other assaults on bee wellbeing that I have to ask myself, is it mere coincidence? As I’ve discussed before many times, there is an agenda in this world to fundamentally change human biology, as well as that of the rest of the planet; if Einstein is right then he may have inadvertently given the instigators of this extinction wish an idea of how to achieve their sordid goal, see:

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