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Hey BeeKeeper:Great pictures, thank you for sharing! Now I can say I've seen a wee bit o' Scotland like a native sees it. Gotta ask...what the HELL is going on with the honey bee die off? You experiencing this over there in Scotland? This best explanation I've read so far is that the increased ultraviolet radiation getting in because of the ozone hole is causing them to go blind, since about 1/3 of their seeing is in the UV frequency band. So, they're having probs finding flowers, and once they do, they're having probs finding the nectar, and even if they can do that, they're having probs find their way back to the hive again, as they navigate by the sun. That's why no one's finding any bodies...they're starving, and die off before they can make it back. Sounds like a B grade horror flick....and that's not even to mention Jacobi varisi (sp?) the bee mite.
 
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