Unfortunately, honey bees are disappearing, not just moving.
In 2007, thousands of commercial beekeepers across the U.S. and beyond were reporting in some cases that as many as two-thirds of their honey bees were flying away from their hives, never to return. What made the problem — dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) — so unusual is that most traumas to bee colonies leave bees dead in or around their hives, not mysteriously gone altogether.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, pesticides, unknown parasites, pathogens or viruses could also be having a negative effect on bee colonies. Studies have also indicated that poor management of populations of commercial honey bees, including inadequate diet and long distance transportation, may also play a role.
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