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2840RE: [beemonitoring] Demise of the honey bee?

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  • Ed Spevak
    Aug 7, 2013
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      Regarding the uniformed pesticide applicators, we had an incident where one of our horticulturalist brought in a specimen that their “pest control expert” had identified as a ground nesting hornet next to their driveway and that they needed to be sprayed to protect them and their grandchildren. The specimen in question was Colletes inaequalis. I informed our horticulturalist of this and wrote up a one page ID sheet on the species with which they could educate their “expert.” Unfortunately, the “bee bed” had already been sprayed. Luckily the application was ineffective and the bees survived. Our staff member talked to their pesticide applicator, told him he was wrong and asked for their money back. The company refused and they fired him.


      Story is both our public, sometimes even our own staff, do not know the story that we are trying to tell and certainly those trying to make money off of the uneducated either do not try to become informed or willfully ignore the facts.




      Edward M. Spevak

      Curator of Invertebrates

      Director-Center for Native Pollinator Conservation

      IUCN SSC Bumblebee Specialist Group - Programme Officer

      Saint Louis Zoo

      One Government Drive

      Saint Louis, MO 63110


      314-807-5419 cell


      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Liz Day
      Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 7:48 PM
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [beemonitoring] Demise of the honey bee?



      >.... about 6 weeks ago a sign on his lawn went up warning of
      >'pesticide application.' On my wondering if 'pesticide applications'
      >locally might have something to do with the total absence of Monarch
      >larvae in the area, and the effect on bees, A. mellifera and
      >indigenous, my neighbor responded: "Oh, I was told that it is
      >specific for wasps, ants and mosquitos, and will not affect honey bees."

      My impression of companies that spray lawns is that their personnel
      are barely trained in their jobs, are hired mainly on their ability
      to operate the truck and the equipment, and have no background in
      horticulture or natural history. One such company fertilized my
      neighbor's bluegrass lawn during a prolonged drought in the heat of
      summer. Any horticulturalist would know not to fertilize plants that
      are under water stress, but I guess that wasn't part of their
      training. The lawn died from the treatment, and the company had to
      replace it all with sod at great expense.

      Indianapolis IN USA

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