The Mystery Of The Vanishing Honeybees

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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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  • Bee loverWednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:32 am
    Why nooooooooo i know bees can be scary but honey bees are so cute why cant useless mosquitos just die
    • loveginnypotter
      loveginnypotterTuesday, July 10, 2018 at 12:12 am
      i love bees hashtag with me #YouGoBees
      • newsflash!fakeMonday, July 9, 2018 at 5:12 pm
        hope they don't die.
        • turltezm
          turltezmThursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:42 am
          If you love bees. Please just do so bees need help coming back to their colonies ;c
          • Nn.Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm
            Yay not
            • Nn.Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm
              VERY VERY VERY VERY SAD
              • Nn.Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm
                Don’t worry peaple we will get the bees it is sad but don’t worry I beliven the bees Inop we get them back to.
                • geo-nerd124Friday, May 11, 2018 at 5:25 am
                  SAVE THE BEES!!!!!
                  • angre dogMonday, April 23, 2018 at 7:39 am
                    bees are cool
                    • Mad dog Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:18 am
                      That’s bad

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