My theory on colony collapse disorder (CCD)
I believe that the honey bee's antenna is the key to CCD (colony collapse disorder). Most radio antennas are 1/4 wave length and the resident 1/4 wave of a bee's antenna is about 14 GHz. And what is transmitted on 14 GHz.? Satellite TV from 23,000 miles in space and is worldwide. This, known as the Ku band, ranges from 12-18 GHz. There are more than 22 Ku band satellites orbiting over North America, each carrying 12 to 48 transponders, 20 to 120 watts per transponder. Before DIRECTV® and DISH® Network there was not much on Ku band. As more and more satellites with more transponders with higher power came online over the past 20 years, CCD became worse and worse. Today many beekeepers are reporting as much as 90% losses of their bees. The problem is only going to get worse unless something is done about it. What can be done? The FCC can black out part of the band that bees are sensitive to and these frequencies can only be used for uplinks. The down link frequencies must be ones that the bees are not sensitive to. Most bee hives have metal clad tops which will shield the bees from this but when the bees fly out of the hive to forage they are subject to this radiation. If they are foraging in a wooded area the radiation is absorbed by the leaves of the trees, but when they fly to open field they are subject to the radiation. When they receive this radiation, it's like when you have a migraine headache, they get confused and can't find their way home. This happens day after day and the queen can not keep up with losses and before you know it the hive has collapsed. Remember this is just the theory of a dumb beekeeper.
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