Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Disposed paper cups killing bees

Disposed paper cups outside juice and coffee shops could be behind the India's Colony collapse Disaster (CCD) disappearing honey bee population that pollinate 80% of all crops.

The sugary residue in these paper cups attract honey bees who look at it as an alternative source of food instead of flowers.

A 'considerable population' of honey bees who take a dip into these cups never return. Researchers say these cups act as death traps for them.

A latest study published in the journal 'Current Science' says bees while competing to collect sugar, fall into cups containing residual beverage (coffee/tea/milk/juice) and are unable to fly, leading to their death.

Source: TOI
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