An update on the vanishing bee story.
A blogger who apparently lives in the Philadelphia area and has blogged on the disappearing bee issue found that his yard was a buzz with bees. Though it’s true that one yard does not a country make, reading his report and the links in it makes me think that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.
The tree is literally abuzz with honey bees just like that one, and their rear legs are laden with yellow pollen.
The more I thought it over, though, the more I realized that a true no-bees-believer might just say I could have gotten that picture anywhere, and that it could have been taken at any time. Even if people are inclined to trust me, what’s wrong with “trust but verify”?
It occurred to me that the best way to date the bees would be to show a verifiable newspaper near them. I still had the Inquirer editorial by Dave Lindorff sitting around, and it’s only two days old. So, with great difficulty (taking care not to get stung), I managed to hold the Lindorff editorial next to one of the honey bees on my cherry tree.