On October 30 I inspected one of my bee yards and it was showing signs of acute kill off possibly from another pesticide related application. The same grove that was sprayed last December in the middle of the day was being sprayed this day and also the next day which was last Friday October 31, 2014. On Friday I inspected the same yard again and hives were completely dead and piles of bees were on the ground at each hive entrance. Some hives had their entire population dead of doing the circle death dance on the ground. It looks to me as a typical insecticide acute poisoning that I had experienced before from the same grove company that sprays their citrus trees located about 1/4 to 1/3 mile south and west from my bee yard.
I contacted the Florida Apiary Department, The Florida Department Of Agriculture, and the EPA and the Pollinators Association to report the kill.
Yesterday I was contacted by a newspaper company and another media outlet who is interested in doing a article on this and past incidents concerning acute or now possible chronic bee poisonings.
As of yesterday afternoon bees were still dying from residual poisoning, I probably will lose most of the hives in that yard and another yard is also showing lesser effects of contamination, buy the population of field bees in most all colonies have been affected. I will await the results from the Florida Department Of Agriculture who took excellent samples for analysis and they will also be doing the same from the grove company that was spraying the grove. I hope this never happens to any of you . Broodhead