The Mystery Of The Vanishing Honeybees

By Meera Dolasia on October 29, 2007

Photo credit: climatekids.nasa.gov

Honeybees are vanishing from their colonies all across the United States. Western States like California have lost 30-60% of their honeybees, while the East Coast and Texas have lost almost 70%.

It appears that bees leave to look for nectar and pollen and never return to their colonies. The problem is so severe that researchers are calling it the 'colony collapse disorder'.

Researchers are not sure what is going on. They are however, investigating a couple of theories. One of them is that the bees are stressed because they are being made to pollinate more. This in turn has lowered their resistance to diseases, causing them to die early.

A second theory being investigated is the effect of insecticides on bees. Colony keepers are using insecticides to kill mites (little insects that leech off honeybees). Researchers believe this has resulted in shortening the lifespan of queen bees and also reduced its ability to give birth to worker bees.

Photo credit: climatekids.nasa.gov

Whatever the reason, the disappearance of the honeybees is a cause for great concern for farmers across the United States. One of the reasons is the lower supply of honey. The other, even bigger cause for concern is pollination. Honeybees pollinate most fruit orchards, grain fields and vegetable crops. Therefore, if the mystery of the vanishing honeybees is not solved, our fruit and vegetable supply may be affected. Some fruits and vegetables may become more expensive; others may simply not be able to grow. Stay tuned for updates on further developments on this story.

Sources: scienceray.com, cnn.com

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  • mattWednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    we need to save the beeessss lets save the bees
    • mattWednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm
      yea he need to save the bees thx for telling me this dogonews my dad work for manger at fbi we will now make a law for killing bees illegal
      • caizbabb
        caizbabbFriday, May 19, 2017 at 8:08 am
        awwww but its sad we have got to save the bees
        • SadieTuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm
          LETS SAVE BBBBBBEEEESSSSS
          • dardar
            dardarWednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10:25 am
            very interesting
            • GOD IS MY HEARTTuesday, February 7, 2017 at 8:50 am
              I LOVE BEES I,M LEARNING ABOUT THEM IN SCHOOL I,M RESEARCHING NOW THOUGHT SO ITS REALLY COOL TO SEE THESE KINDS OF INFORMATION
              • ElizabithFriday, January 27, 2017 at 8:54 am
                hello i'm researching at school i love school do you a lot of people in my class hate school but why and not all bees sting male bees job is to make up with the queen bee.
                • illoveqwTuesday, January 3, 2017 at 9:53 am
                  i love honey bes
                  • Elizabeth S 😜🐷Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:27 am
                    My grandma lived on a hunny bee farm befor she passed away
                    • dinoman07Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm
                      i'm 9 and i've never gotten stung in my life.

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