Reported Bee Kills

Beekeepers have become discouraged across decades or reporting bee kills due to pesticides.  If a pesticide is used “per the label” and honey bees still die, then little action is taken by state pesticide regulators.  No compensation for the losses of bee livestock to the beekeeper.  Typically, beekeepers are expected to move their bees “out of harm’s way;” interrupting a honey flow, interrupting crop pollination, and offering no safe place for the bees to forage.

The bee kills listed here are not reflective of ALL of the actual bee kills that happen annually to commercial, sideline, and backyard beekeepers.

Reporting bee kills is important for the EPA to assess the real-world use of pesticides, and adjust the label directions so pollinators can be protected.  REPORT YOUR BEE KILLS!

View a list of reported bee kills to the Pollinator Stewardship Council by state

 

Bee kill in Florida, Nov. 2014

Bee kill in Florida, Nov. 2014

 

Video of honey bees dying in Florida 2016

Video 1  https://youtu.be/YKf6TCRXBwY

Video 2 https://youtu.be/mzi72xO1E64

 

Story links for Oregon Bee kill in 2013:

http://www.xerces.org/2013/06/21/pesticide-causes-largest-mass-bumble-bee-death-on-record/

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/28/memorial-to-honor-50000-bumble-bees-that-died-in-oregon-parking-lot/

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/insecticide_safari_confirmed_i.html#/0

Pollinator Stewardship Council Eulogy for the memorial for the bumble bees of Oregon

It was a beautiful day to fly, a beautiful Oregon day to gather nectar and pollen.  I had been flying since spring visiting the early flowering willows, and then found some delicious blueberries to pollinate.  Tomatoes were not in bloom yet, but I could hardly wait to buzz them making the musical sound of middle C.    I came across some lovely linden trees, they were so inviting, many of us were feasting on the nectar, gathering pollen . . . being bumble bees and enjoying life.  I was flying from tasty treat to tasty treat . . . and then it was not so tasty . . .  then I realized I would not buzz the tomatoes,  I would not taste the goldenrod,  I would not fly on the warm breeze.  I was not alone, but this should not be, I have more work to do, more flowers to visit.  My life was over as were the lives of thousands of others.   But my life will have meaning beyond willows, and goldenrod, and lindens, and blueberries.  The lives of bumble bees lost here will live on, we will be remembered, and our sacrifice will help to save other bumble bees.  Our deaths will show we have a right to live, to collect food, to pollinate plants which in turn provide food for animals and humans.  Our deaths will unite others to take up our cause, to speak for us, to fight to protect us.  We will not have died in vain for I am Bombus, the first bee of the spring, and the last bee in the fall; gentle and friendly.