Starvation caused bee deaths, expert says

August 20, 2014

From: Daily Astorian

By Eric Mortenson

The latest Oregon bee deaths were a case of “classic starvation,” not pesticides.

Although a veteran commercial beekeeper said “classic starvation” induced by inexperienced hobbyists killed thousands of honey bees in Clackamas County this summer, a retired entomology professor who examined the hives said the case isn’t that simple.

Dewey Caron, who has 40 years experience working with honey bees, said there’s no evidence to blame beginning beekeepers for the deaths, which prompted an intensive investigation and laboratory analysis by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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