On a similar note, the recent FT magazine article on the London Stock Exchange CEO keeping bees in France stated something like the first rule of beekeeping is not to approach the hive with a mobile phone - referring to the phone's signals confusing the bees. News to me though I did manage to destroy a phone by kneeling on it so possibly not that bad an idea, and I'm sure many will take them in case of emergency anyway.
I say this in total honesty and sincerity. Your brilliant. I love your posts. Someone asks a question. Someone answers it with pfffffffff and with total authority and you come along with specific facts and knowledge. Brilliant. It's called credability. And you have it in spades.
Damp days - a big strip light straight out of the box - walk over to the field with it and the rest of the science class and stand under the power lines as they hum and crackle. And watch amazed as the strip light flickers on.
Does this effect bees. No idea but it does have an effect. My advice go with your initial gut feeling. If it feels wrong and you are reluctant to try. Then don't. Then the problem goes away simple.
As a non-paying member of "Pedants Anonymous":
The induced magnetic field depends on the current flowing through the line, not the voltage of the line...
Agree re electric field (but not electrostatic as field not static - darn, it's the pedant in me coming out again)