[ RadSafe ] bats and Bayer
terryj at iit.edu
Sun Oct 9 17:10:38 CDT 2011
I have been trying to locate a reference for bats being major consumers of bees. I have found a lot of anecdotal evidence from beekeepers suggesting it is not an issue.
I have also found a USDA sponsored document listing the majors pests of bees and I do not find bats listed in the document.
On Oct 9, 2011, at 3:40 PM, James Salsman wrote:
> Peter Fear wrote:
>> Bees return to their hive at night and bats are nocturnal. How can bees be
> a major food source for bats?
> They live off the stragglers that don't make it back before dark. Those
> used to be the old and infirm bees, which was great for the bee colonies as
> well as the bats performing a herd culling function. With the introduction
> of Bayer's nicitinoid insecticides, now the stragglers are more of the
> poisoned bees, which is bad for the bees and the bats.
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