Study: Mobile Phones Cause Bees To Swarm To Their Death

Oh no. A Swiss Research team conducted 83 experiments and found that mobile phone calls cause bees to leave their hive, become disoriented and die.

The researchers measured the reaction of a bee hive to a mobile phone when it was actively in a call, in standby mode and turned off. According to the article published in the bee journal Apidologie, the bees responded violently to a mobile phone when it was in a call. They hive began to make a noise called the working piping signal which caused the bees to swarm. Disoriented by the noise, the colony fled their hive, flew erratically and suddenly died. This response was not observed when the phone was off or in an idle state.

Earlier studies blamed the Israeli acute paralysis virus for the massive bee colony deaths reported around the world. Besides protecting their hives from this virus, this Swiss study suggests beekeepers should probably stop yakking on their phone when tending to their hive. [Via The Daily Mail]

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    I wonder how close you have to be to the Bee's for it to have an effect? Either way it goes, if there's any truth in it we need to take it very seriously, because we are having enough to do with the massive die off as it is! One thing is for sure though,... without Bee's we are in deep deep Do Do...

    Isn't there a killer bee outcompeting most of the honeybees in the world, which is causing major crop damage (via non-pollination)? Looks like we just found an awesome re-usable, chemical-free fumigation tool!

    Just attach a cell radio to one of these and force it into "active" mode with a switch (I'd assume you can do that without actually needing a cell network connection). Find a hive, leave it there for a bit, rinse and repeat! is what I mean...

    Although these studies are interesting they're not the main cause of hive destructions. It's a combination of a bee illness and a parasite that's causing entire colonies to die off.

    There's a good documentary about it called (I think), Queen of the Sun. Basically if the bee's die, we die. And they are dying, at a terrifying rate.

      Actually that's just a cover story created by Bayer, the chemical company that produces the pesticide that ACTUALLY kills the bees.

      The study you mention was done by a scientist who was the expert witness in the class action lawsuit a group of German beekeepers were fighting against Bayer.

      Then Bayer offered him a massive research grant and he went over to the Dark Side, abandoning the lawsuit and eventually coming up with the study (corporate propaganda) that you reference about it being a parasite/illness.

      Gizmodo also republished this propaganda a few months ago, when a simple google search would have revealed the truth.

    Evolutionary advantage would see the bees that can ignore the signal as the dominant species pretty quickly...

      true that, hopwfully that species is honey bees, or we are up the creek without a paddle for sure

    Shame nobody actually READ the study because it said nothing of the sort. This is a typical unthinking re(re-)gurgitation of a story that was a beat-up in the first place. Go and read the sources - except you won't find the key one about swarming, which is only referenced superficially in the above study. That's because it was an non-peer-reviewed topical article (now withdrawn?) from an Indian daily newspaper. Science please, not crap.

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