- For several years there has been a growing buzz in North
American apiary circles concerning the massive and often peculiar
die-offs and/or outright disappearance of fully productive and
formerly thriving honeybee hives.
- As a 'bee farmer" myself, I can personally
attest to the occurrence of this puzzling phenomena. Public
reports first began to surface in 2004 of massive infestations of
Varroa mites in bee hives across the continent. That the mite should cause
a die-off was no surprise.
- What was a surprise was the heretofore never experienced
tenacity and resistance to eradication displayed by this creature.
- The Varroa mite has always been a particularly
nasty customer for the bee farmer to deal with. Over the years this
microscopic pest has grown tolerant to a number of formerly useful
control methods. As a result of the increase in pesticide
tolerance, the Varroa mite infestation of 2004/05 was horrific. The losses
to farmers ran into the tens of millions of dollars and the shortage
of serviceable hives was widely reflected across the board in the
wholesale prices of most agricultural products.
- But, that was then and this is now. As 2006 fades to
a memory and 2007 waxes full, yet another major calamity stalks the honey
bee. But this time the stakes are much higher. And... this
time there are no easily apparent causes nor are there any apparent answers.
This time the Varroa mite has an alibi. The little eight
legged rascal is no longer found in large numbers at
the scene of the crime. This latter day crime scene has all the
hallmarks of a Nancy Drew mystery. Entire colonies of bees are
once again dying wholesale or are disappearing without a trace. The vacant
colonies leave behind no dead bees, no dead queens, and only immature brood
that will never hatch.
- Bee keepers are bewildered. Most have never seen anything
like it before. Farmers simply shake their heads in wonderment.
What on EARTH could be at work here?
- What on EARTH, indeed!.... In view of
the paucity of solid research concerning the recent die-off of honey
bees it is difficult at this time to put the blame on any one particular
source. It may well be that there is a combination of sources involved.
But whatever the catalyst, it is likely something so bizarre that it has
never been encountered before by modern apiary science.
- And so...With that said I should like to nominate one
potential pathogenic suspect with bizarre credentials of its own;
one who may have a role to play in this equally bizarre saga...the
nominee is the "stranger than fiction" Morgellons/fiber disease
- This peculiar pathogen is virtually unknown to modern
mainstream medical science. As a result it remains exceedingly difficult
to identify in any host, human or otherwise.
- Although it's effects on humans is being increasingly well
documented by a small cadre of dedicated researchers, what remains
less known by the Morgellons-aware public is that this pathogen does not
limit its attentions to humans alone. It can be found infesting
fauna and flora across a wide spectrum of the bio-sphere.
- Morgellons AKA the Fiber Disease is nearly always
100% fatal when it attacks amphibians. It rapidly kills both
lizards and frogs. It has been documented in alligators and also found
in snakes. It attacks and kills insects with a peculiar vengeance. The pathogenic
proclivity of the Fiber Disease is well documented. And...It is spreading
- I have personally observed and catalogued many species
of flies and other small winged insects who's existence has been abruptly
terminated by the Fiber Disease. It often leaves its unfortunate
insect victims looking like a pin cushion with a profusion of macro
and micro hairs extruding from their bodies.
- Could Morgellons AKA the Fiber Disease be the recent
mystery killer of so much of planet Earth's Fauna? Could this affliction
be the reason that entire colonies of bees are abandoning their hives and
disappearing without a trace?
- And...What about Flora? Evidence is now being compiled
that indicates that many plants too, are falling victim to the enigma
that is this malady.
- So...Who wants to take a trip to the medical Twilight
Zone?....It is here we find a number of excellent photos of what
Morgellons can do @:
- The Morgellons organism also attacks dogs, cats, horses,
and a wide variety of other warm blooded animals. See the "Pet Files"
- My friends...This thing is a killer and a destroyer of
lives. We should not be surprised at all to find out that this
exceptionally bizarre life form has lent its hand in the ongoing
demise of so many current denizens of Planet Earth, both large and small,
including Man's best friend...The humble honey Bee.
- --Cliff Mickelson....