Is the colony collapse disorder distinct in the San Francisco area?

Is the CCD highly shown in the San Francisco region?



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    The colony collapse disorder has been reported to occur in at least 22 different states where commercial bee keepers have reported deaths of tens of thousands of bee colonies. However, the phenomenon was first observed in San Francisco.

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    CCD has occurred frequently in numerous places, as mire2187 said. Some research is starting to show that it may be caused by a fly parasite in that invades the bodies of honey bees and encourages them to abandon their hive and eventually die after days of “zombie-like” behavior. This was discovered by SFState biology professor John Hafernik. The fly, Apocephalus borealis, deposits eggs in the bees abdomen, and then after the bee dies the larvae escape from the bee’s body through the head and thorax.

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    For those who aren’t aware, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon of rapid decline in bee populations due to a lack of adult bees in a hive while a queen is still present. The first instance of CCD recorded was actually at San Francisco State University in 2006. A recent study (released within the past few days, in fact) shows that part of this problem may be caused by a parasitic fly that infests bee hives. The fly, Apocephalus borealis, lays its eggs in bees abdomens and causes them to leave their hives and congreagate at light sources. The study found this parasitic fly present in 77% of Bay Area bee hives, as well as in North Dakota. While the problem seems to have a large concentration in California, it has also spread to other parts of the country.  

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