Alien mite threatens Big Isle bees

Alien mite threatens Big Isle bees

There are 20 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 24, 2008, titled Alien mite threatens Big Isle bees. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Members of a state rapid response team from Oahu arrived in Hilo yesterday to try to contain a bee mite parasite that poses a threat to the honeybee industry and agriculture in the islands.

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pua basset

Napa, CA

#1 Aug 24, 2008
Inevitable! Wait till the snakes come Hawaii from guam ,then the big island guys going really be hurting.If formosan termites got into the usofa from packing crate material in the gulf and missippi river area states, what makes any body not think the same thing going happen with other spieces kind stufflike snakes ,varroa mites ,yellow jackets,kila Bs,taape ,haoles etc. Auwe kanaka maoli.Auwe.

San Diego, CA

#2 Aug 24, 2008
Varona mites are little things that are really big problems!

There is also a viral disease tied to sudden bee colony death.
Protestors go home

Wailuku, HI

#4 Aug 24, 2008
Kiss your crops goodbye.

And don't blame the superferry for taking them to the big island. Find something/someone else for it.

Washington, DC

#5 Aug 24, 2008
When the Dept of Ag had a chance to do something about this problem a few years ago when the mites initially came to Oahu, they should have taken the advice of our local beekeepers and eradicated all bees on Oahu and then repopulate with the rest of the islands. Now it has spread and there is no stopping it since the Varroa comes from a tropical environment and subsequently, trying to kill a bug on a bug is most difficult. Besides the managed agricultural crops, we will lose a lot of the soil erosion control (weeds, pasture grassed) and habitat (native plants, seeds/fruits) for the wildlife. As a State we should never have allowed for the Federal government to override our laws and allow for the transhipment of bees from the East through Hawaii. Not to mention, GMO (in Hawaii) that is also toxic in nature to bees. Hawaii is a paradise and we are isolated from the rest of the world. We should keep it that way.

Honolulu, HI

#6 Aug 24, 2008
OMG!!! I am so sorry to hear this! Its so sad. Is there anything the public can do?
5 cents

Mililani, HI

#7 Aug 24, 2008
Pua Basset, get your kanakaOkole back to Hawaii and stop thinking that you Kanaka has the freedom to travel to the foreign land called the United States. If you consider your American right to travel as a citizen of the United States then all American (Haoles) have that right to traavel to Hawaii also. Pua B. you are a hypocrite. As for honey bee, Big Island may have been the last place on earth to have the varroa mite, what make you (Big Island) beekeepers think that it would have never spread there? The only way the varroa mite would've not spread there is if all beekeepers never kept bees there. Get the messsage. You caused your own problem. So don't blame the Department of Agriculture. The haole beekeepers on Oahu are just as hardheaded as the Big Island beekeepers. To STOP/RID the mite now, let's see all the Big Island beekeepers destroy all their hives and when all the mite problem is gone because there are no more beehives there, don't start another one up. STUPID.
5 cents

Mililani, HI

#8 Aug 24, 2008
Let the supermarkets solve the problem by importing honey from Asia, Africa, South American, anyplace they can get honey.
5 cents

Mililani, HI

#9 Aug 24, 2008
Sorry, come to think of it we need the bees to polinate. My blood stated to boil when I read the word "haole".
Dave K

Peoria, AZ

#10 Aug 24, 2008
Boy, the islands keep getting hit with economic set backs. First pineapples, then tourism slows, and now this honey bee situation.

How much more can the islands take?

Kailua, HI

#11 Aug 24, 2008
Wonder how the tree huggers are gonna blame this on the Super Ferry?

Nature has a way of showing us SHE wins.

expat kamaaina

Redmond, WA

#12 Aug 24, 2008
I have a friend who is working very hard to prove conclusively an approach he has which shows great promise towards overcoming the world-wide problem of the honey-bee infestation and disappearance. Soon, he may be able to share his findings with you!

Mea mana‘o mea nui ea!

Kaneohe, HI

#13 Aug 24, 2008
They may have come in on Young Brothers or Matson. Of course they are exempt from any EIS unlike the Superferry, so I guess that makes it OK.
5 cents

Mililani, HI

#14 Aug 24, 2008
I would like to include: In the past several months, there was an article in the newspaper on the decline of honey bees everywhere in the United States (The decline may have been worldwide, but I can't remember). The article concludes that polution was the cause of the honey bees decline! The bees ability to find their way back to the nest was lost. Anyone,(well almost anyone), from the Department of Agriculture should be able to tell you that insects attack unhealthy plants and this would include unhealthy animals and unhealthy bees. That is why the varroa mite whose population has increased, because polution is causing the health of the bees to decline and more easy for the mites to attack them.
Pet Owner

Kihei, HI

#15 Aug 24, 2008
If the bees are the mite's primary target, what are its secondary targets? I'd be more concerned about other species of insects and/or pets that these mites can also attack.
No Vote For Obama

Aiea, HI

#16 Aug 24, 2008
Haole wrote:
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Unfortunately it's the INFERIOR species that must die off. Too Bad!
To Pua Basset and Haole:

The Hawaiian bee is a solitary bee. It doesn't flourish like bees that form colonies. It is not extinct,yet. The amazing honey bees were introduced first to Moloka'i. Up until the 1920's Hawaii exported honey to the Mainland. Then the varroa mite infected the colonies, they had to be destroyed, and from the few uninfected colonies beekeepers started from scratch. Hawaii will recover from this natural catastrophe affecting the bees.

If man did not tend bee colonies, they would overpopulate, the queen would leave and the worker bees would abandon the colony. Human beings have been tending bees for thousands of years. The Egyptians would take their colonies by boats up and down the Nile River to help pollinate their crops. The by-product is the honey. The real benefit is the cross-pollination that no other species on the planet can do better than the bees. Pesticides, fugicides, and fertilizers don't cause the fruit trees and vegetable plants to produce more. That is the work of the bees.

Human beings are all one species and we all need to eat food. We will starve at the same rate without food. There is no inferior or superior in that sense. Stick us in Africa with all the famine stricken countries poor and hungry. The elitists, city slickers, tough broke your a-- Hawaiians, and smart a-- Haole would starve just the same as everyone else.

Honolulu, HI

#17 Aug 24, 2008
This is a good subject. It proves that Jeff Mikilooney and the Sierra Club is only interested in lawsuits that make them $$$$$$$$$$

They have taken no action on this alien species problem like many other high profile cases that have deep pockets. For example, when it comes to the Super Ferry, they're all over it!! Freakin vultures!!!

The environmentatal movement aka The Sierra Club are nothing more than political opportunists looking for the next business or industry to "shake down" for $$$$.

Corrupt basstards!
No Vote For Obama

Aiea, HI

#18 Aug 24, 2008
One more thing. The bees were introduced by Moloka'i Ranch in the 1800's. The haole koa seed pods are excellent cattle food; which is why it was introduced. The pods are loaded with protein that assists in growth for the beef cattle. At that time cattle was Hawaii's number one industry. The bees were brought in to increase production of this very important food source for cattle.

“Honor your ancestors”

Since: Feb 08

Kaimuki, Keaukaha/Hilo, Kaupo

#19 Aug 25, 2008
MynahBird wrote:
Varona mites are little things that are really big problems!
There is also a viral disease tied to sudden bee colony death.
Yes, bee colony collapse disorder is a huge threat and I hope it is not too late for Hawaii.

Bees are needed for pollination which could affect the entire food chain. It's a very big deal.

Rockville, MD

#20 Aug 25, 2008
send da aliens ...

back to Roswell ...

Washington, DC

#21 Aug 25, 2008
Number 1: we need the bees not only for the ag crops, but for the HABITAT (native plants, soil erosion control, seeds/fruits for wildlife)

Number 2: Bees navigate by the sun and when they come in close then navigate by the smell. Cell phone waves and polution have nothing to do with affecting the sun nor do they affect the ways bees make it back to the hive. As any beekeeper who has experienced hive loss recently, it is due to GMO. Crops are genetically modified to be toxic to insects and thus are toxic to all good and bad insects.

Number 3: In comment to 5 cents, the problem was caused by someone BRINGING in the bees that are infested with varroa. It could have been the ferry (which does not inspect), cruise ship, etc...the Dept of Ag needs to step up inspection and the State needs to stop cutting funding. We need to stop globalization if we don't have the infrastructure.

Number 4: There have been reports made to the Dept of Ag and they have done nothing. When questioned about why they have not made a bigger effort in enforcement, they were too busy with the spiny catepillar.

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