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Bee at Mornington, Victoria, Australia.
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D300; Nikkor 105mm F/2.8
f/8.0, 1/4000sec, ISO: 250

A honeybee killer is on the loose in America—and last September, entomologists inched closer to fingering a suspect. The vanishing bee syndrome, dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD), has wiped out 50 to 90 percent of bee colonies in 35 states and been blamed on everything from pesticides to virulent new pathogens. However, a genetic analysis of the microorganisms harboured by the stricken bees has now strongly linked CCD to Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV), an infectious agent that triggers shivering wings, paralysis, and death. But no one knows whether IAPV is a cause or a symptom of CCD. In fact, many researchers believe it may simply be an opportunistic infection that swoops in on bees already weakened by stress, parasitic mites, and the rigours of travelling to pollinate crops.

Physician Ian Lipkin of Columbia University and entomologist Diana Cox-Foster of Penn State analysed separate colonies within beekeeping operations affected by CCD as well as colonies in operations unaffected by it, taking samples of genetic material from more than 1,200 bees. They also took a sample of healthy bees from Australia and four samples of royal jelly from bees in China. Lipkin then used a rapid genome-sequencing technique to identify RNA from a variety of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. He found that if four pathogens, including IAPV, were present, the colonies were invariably hit by CCD. Most significantly, IAPV was present in 25 out of 30 CCD-affected colonies, but in only one of the healthy U.S. operations.
V 425 29/03/2011
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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
My email address :
twnewman@optusnet.com.au

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  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 6 years ago

    wonderful close up. bees are amazing little critters.

  • Thanks Patricia, I have a colony of bees making their home in a Possum Box in my back yard . This picture taken hand held at a local park . I would have got a sharper picture if I had the sense to take my tripod along – next time:-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Meike
    Meikealmost 6 years ago

    Great capture and wonderful close – up and colours…;)

  • Thanks Meike, nature is just beautiful the closer you get I think :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Meike
    Meikealmost 6 years ago

    Yes that is true…I fully agree ;)

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful bee, super shot. I hope your colony stays healthy.

    j

  • Thanks jesika, I hope so , without bees we are in big trouble , how are they faring in the UK?

    – Tom Newman

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful macro, Tom. Bee-keepers here in South Africa are concerned at the decline in numbers. It’s worrying.

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Ann , fortunately so far colony collapse disorder has not appeared in Australia . The USA is importing our bees in the face of their bee colony collapse . The main cause appears to be too few varieties of bees and agricultural chemicals , hopefully we may be spared from the problem :-)

  • the6tees
    the6teesalmost 6 years ago

    A BEEAUTIFUL close up Tom!!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you G Rose :-)

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic macro

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you Joy :-)

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