In today's Washington Post main news section there is an excellent article, good news, bad news, for beekeepers.
The Feds have "discovered" that Butterflies are going extinct world wide.
The cause is not, . . . Global Warming or Global Climate Change carbon smoke, or the usual suspects.
The cause is Development Wiping Out Habitat.
Our very human desire for new houses in the country, and other places which until recently have been wild is destroying insect habitat several ways.
1. clearing the natural foliage, food and plants which are necessary to insect survival, and replacing it with grass, manicured lawns side walks, drive ways, of course the house and deck, garden shed patio all eat away, one family at a time, the natural gooogle.
2. those wonderful homes and their owners constantly want the lawns mown, and
mosquitos and other nuisance insects gone, while the grass is dandelion free. So they spray.
The article points out that there are now automatic pesticide systems which put forth a steady low level of insect and plant killers.
I strongly recommend you take time to read and cut out the article.
At the next party or when someone just casually asks, " I hear there are problems with the bees, what can you tell me?"
Pull out the article and ask them to read it.
Some of them will say hey, I do that, I never knew what I was doing to the environment.
And maybe stop.
End of Bill's rant.
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