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Bee Collapse: The Sudden Dying Off Bee Colonies Remains a Mystery
- Joshua Fisher
There was no question about it: some 400 beehives had been alive and thriving, now they were suddenly dead and empty. The bees had simply vanished.
That was the mystery commercial beekeeper Dave Hackenberg discovered in his Florida bee yard in November, 2006. And it only deepened that winter as beekeepers across the country began to report the same scenario: dead hives and vanished bees.
Scientists soon named the phenomenon “Colony Collapse Disorder” or CCD, and it caught the public’s attention. So did a fact few realized: honeybees play an integral role in the national food supply.
One upshot of Colony Collapse Disorder has been a new concern and respect for the honeybee, but the mystery of what’s happening to the bees has only deepened over time.
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