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Where are all the bees?

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´╗┐Where are all the bees? ________________ All around the world honey bees are disappearing. In the UK alone, around in five bee hives has been lost in the last few years. In the US around 2 million colonies of bees were lost in 3 years. The bees either die, or simply fail to return to the hive. Without the mass of worker bees, those bees left in the hive quickly die. Bees are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. This could not only have a devastating impact on our food supplies, but could also turn our brightly-coloured meadows into grey hinterlands. ...read more.

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The economic value of honey bees and bumble bees as pollinators of commercially grown insect pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200 million per year. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment. The honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite and it is only the treatment and care provided by beekeepers that is keeping colonies alive. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of this disease. ...read more.

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The simple truth is that bees need flowers, and there are very few flowers to be found in the farmed countryside these days. The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major contributor to the recent mysterious death of honey bee colonies. Varroa weakens honey bee colonies decreasing honey production, heavy infestation may even result in absconding. This parasite is found throughout the world, except for Australia and parts of New Zealand. Some theories say that yhe bees had been struck down by a new mystery disease called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). in which the adult bees simply disappear from the colony hives. There are typically few, if any, dead bees found. The queen and immature bees (brood) are often found in the hives inadequately attended by adult bees. Sources: http://www.bbka.org.uk/learn/bees_for_kids/importance_of_bees http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=406271 ...read more.

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