know about Colony Collapse right? It's a phenomenon
in which worker bees abruptly disappear, leaving
behind a dead hive. In certain parts of the
world hive mortality has reached 50% and no
one understands why. Unfortunately for you
and me no amount of recycling or walking to
work or low-flow toilets will help the bees.
This sad dilemma is totally in the hands of
researchers who I'm sure are working as hard
as they can to find the answer to Colony Collapse.
Good luck with that, chaps.
It's going to be a sad day in the future, if and when all the bees disappear,
when we can only share anecdotes with our children about a friendly little
species of insects who would dance for one another and whose labors resulted
in fields flush with colorful flowers. Hell, they'd even use their own
bodies to form an emergency beard for us should the need arise.
However, our kids will probably look as us like we're nuts when we tell
them the bees also pooped candy... and that it was delicious!
I wrote today's gag about bees late Wednesday
night. On Thursday morning I visited one of my favorite sciencey web
sites, PZ Myers Pharyngula,
and I was delighted to find that he was featuring a fascinating story
How synchronistically cool!
It seems a beekeeper placed a large bell jar over an opening in a beehive,
just to see what the little critters would do. It turns out they did
something fascinating. Follow the bee link above to see what I mean.