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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  • BriannaFriday, September 21, 2018 at 8:04 am
    Love this article because I love honeybees
    • AshlynnMonday, September 17, 2018 at 12:28 pm
      Noooooo the honeybees we have no more honey now
      • johnTuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm
        Oh no now who can sting me????!!
        • me myself and iSaturday, August 25, 2018 at 4:17 pm
          i agree with bee lover
          • blooop
            blooopWednesday, August 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm
            WE NEED BEES PEOPLE! FOR THE VEGIES! AND FRUIT!
            • #cool girlTuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm
              how could this be.
              • 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
                • blooop
                  blooopWednesday, August 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm
                  I agree with you
                • 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

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