Why are honeybees disappearing?

Beginning in 2006, beekeepers across the United States reported alarming losses of their hives. Honeybees were fleeing their queens and colonies, never to return. The phenomenon – called colony collapse disorder – continued to spread, and by 2013 beekeepers were reporting average losses of 45 percent of their hives. Honeybees are vital pollinators for everything from apples to almonds, avocados to onions (not to mention the source of all honey), and bee researchers are scrambling to figure out what’s causing the disappearing act. Current suspects include parasites, viruses, and pesticides, and many believe it’s combination of all three.


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