This morning, a co-worker asked me if I had heard about how all the honey bees were dying. Then I remembered mojoman's comments on this post. It all started sounding kind of ominous to me, so I thought I'd check it out.
Colony Collapse Disorder occurs when worker bees stop returning to their hives, leaving juveniles and other bees to die. No one has figured out the cause yet, but obviously the impact could be very serious. We count on honey bees to pollinate flowers ,nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
There have been a few theories thrown out there about what the possible cause might be. agricultural pesticides, parasites, diseases, stress, genetically altered crops, poor nutrition, and a lack of genetic diversity among bees. It could be a combination of these factors or something totally different.
The recent problem with declining numbers is different than in past years. It seems that bees are losing their natural ability to find their way back to the hive. Something is seriously wrong here. I hope it is a fixable problem.