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Bees are the new buzz

Last month it was birds and now it’s bees. Guadalajara’s Museum of Paleontology continues its fine tradition of hosting fascinating exhibits which may not have much to do with dinosaur bones, but excel at making natural science interesting and understandable to the average person.

pg26aDid you know that to make one kilogram of honey a bee works 320,000 hours and makes 50,000 trips outside the hive? If you would like to know more about what bees do and how they do it, you have plenty of time to plan a visit to “Apidae: El Mundo de las Abejas,” (The World of Bees), an exhibit which opened at the museum on November 25 and will run all the way to April 2, 2018.

If you haven’t previously been interested in bees, maybe you should pay more attention to them …

“Bees are seriously in danger of becoming extinct,” beekeeper Rodrigo Orozco told me. “Millions and millions have been dying in recent years, first starting in Europe and then in Japan, Canada and the United States. At first, no one could figure out what was causing this. Then suspicion fell on certain pesticides chemically similar to nicotine, called neonicotinoids. One of these, Imidacloprid, is the most widely used insecticide in the world.”

Said Orozco: “Now Europeans have told Bayer to temporarily stop production of neonicotinoides and they are waiting to see if bee populations will go back up.

“I fear that if these poisons turn out to be the cause of the bee decline, Mexico will face serious problems in the future because this country has always been the dumping ground for all sorts of lethal products outlawed in the United States.”

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