Man Made Bee Transport Also Risky
Bees are being shipped across country like never before. This is particularly true in Idaho, which is near the drought-stricken mecca of agriculture, California. In areas where local bee colonies have died off, it is necessary to truck in bees to do the work.
Large scale, industrialized bee production has pitfalls of its own. Unfortunately, aside from bees killed in highway accidents, shipping them around can spread one of the types of fungus that leads to “colony collapse disorder.”
In Idaho, two separate beehive accidents have occurred in one week. The first, which happened last week, involved 20 million bees, few of which were saved by beekeepers. On Sunday, a second accident in Idaho, this time on Interstate 90 near Coeur D’Alene, destroyed 400 beehives.
Both trucks in the recent accidents were travelling to Midwestern states to carry the honeybees for crop pollination.
Bees are animals that migrate long distances, but much of their migration has also been curtailed due to smaller populations and loss of habitat, specifically the milkweed plant. This means humans have to “help out” by delivering the bees themselves. With so many bees on the road, accidents are an unfortunate reality.