Bumble Bee Memorial to Be Held in Oregon Parking Lot
Bumble Bee's are, in fact, a valuable asset to pollination. Recently in Oregon thousands of these bees have been found dead in a parking lot near a group of Linden trees. Conservationists believed it might have been due to insecticide spraying of the trees. With now upward of 50,000 bee deaths, a memorial has been planned to honor the fallen bees.
The Linden tree, where the bee deaths took place, carries a yellow bloom that the bees are attracted too but it could be toxic in some cases. The tree is also highly susceptible to aphids and therefore are sprayed to keep the bugs away.
Not knowing for sure what was causing the bees to die, experts took the small carcasses in for autopsy, as well as testing the buds and pollen for possible causes of death.
It was recently determined that the insecticide was, in fact, the cause of death. It is now to be determined if that particular spray, Safari, violated any laws. Trees in that area have now been covered with a netting to keep future bees away; and saving them from certain death.
A memorial service has been set for this Sunday to honor the little lives lost.
Foxnews.com reports: "Rozzell Medina, of Portland, said on a Facebook page that the event will "memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth,"
We send our thoughts and prayers to the Bumble Bee families. Now, can we please have a moment of silence.