The debate is carrying on as to why Honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate in the USA.
I hate to sound like an alarmist, though this certainly has farmers worried, who are partially dependent on Bees for crop pollination. Hopefully this is just a temporary phenomenon.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Mr. Bradshaw, 50, said from an almond orchard here beginning to bloom. “Box after box after box are just empty. There’s nobody home.”
The phenomenon now being witnessed across the United States has been dubbed "colony collapse disorder," or CCD, by scientists as they seek to explain what is causing the bees to literally disappear in droves.
The usual suspects to which bees are known to be vulnerable such as the varroa mite, an external parasite which attacks honey bees and which can wipe out a hive, appear not to be the main cause.