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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Honey Bee Collapse

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) among honey bees used in agriculture is a growing problem.
"Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.

The decline of the country's estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died and scientists are no nearer to knowing what is causing the catastrophic fall in numbers.
The number of managed honeybee colonies in the US fell by 33.8% last winter, according to the annual survey by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the US government's Agricultural Research Service (ARS)."
You can read the complete story here.



honey bee (Apis mellifera)
flying honey bee (Apis mellifera)


honey bee (Apis mellifera)
honey bee (Apis mellifera)


flying honey bee (Apis mellifera)
honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight


Flying honey bee (Apis mellifera)
honey bee (Apis mellifera)

2 comments:

Sharon said...

Your Bee photos are amazing. What kind of Macro Lens are you using while you're in harms way?

OregonWild said...

Hi sharon - thanks for the comment. Typically, i am using a standard 100mm macro from Canon. Occasionally I use a 50mm, and even more occasionally - an MPE-65mm

Cheers

MD

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