The Bee’s Vanishing Act: Destruction of Honeybee Populations in America

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Honeybee populations have plummeted in recent years. Simultaneously, government and industry funds to study whether pesticides, mites, or viruses are the root cause of this problem havbees-oregon-dyinge been granted to American and European researchers. These scientists call the disappearance of the bees “colony collapse disorder”, or CCD, though a more appropriate name would be CCC, for colony collapse catastrophe. After all, this disorder entails the disappearance of a hive’s 5,000 to 100,000 or so individuals in a few days without leaving even a trace of their bodies. CCD was first reported in Pennsylvania in 2006. The speed of the devastation in the continental United States has been astounding, with small private apiaries already becoming a thing of the past, and the honeybee (Apis mellifera) numbers dropping on average by more than 30 percent: a total of about 3 million hives. The phenomenon has spread to Canada, Central America, South…

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