Back in June, the BBC reported that a European Society of Cardiology meeting had been told about a case where a father and son, in Turkey, suffered heart-related symptoms after eating honey from the Black Sea region. It was determined that their symptoms were the result of eating honey contaminated with grayanotoxin from Rhododendron ponticum.
One of the first topics I wrote about, over two years ago, was the general subject of why pollinators don’t get poisoned and whether honey can be toxic. I also considered the subject of Rhododendron based honey when I wrote about the new page I added to the A to Z section of the site.
I’m not going to repeat what I wrote on those two occasions. I’ll leave you to follow the links if you wish (though I should point out that the plant I called a Viburnum on 30th June 2011 turns out to be a Cotoneaster). I just want to repeat that the sort of incident reported by the BBC is incredibly rare not least because bees do die if they have too much contact with Rhododendron and, therefore, don’t contribute to the production of honey if that happens before they return to the hive.
And I wanted an excuse to show this video clip I made of bees and hover flies pollinating some of the flowers in my garden. I used the slow motion function on my camera and then used my new video editing software to vary the speed of parts of the resulting footage.
It’s only just over two minutes long so I hope you’ll have the time to look at it.
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