Honey bees are brilliant. Their genetics are fascinating, they are prolific crop pollinators and they make tasty honey. If you can ignore the end with the sting, they’re actually quite cute too. Unfortunately, the Western honey bee is in decline, due to a mysterious process called Colony Collapse Disorder.
Broadly speaking, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the abrupt disappearance of the worker caste from a hive or colony. It is not a new phenomenon per se; it has been known throughout the long history of apiculture by numerous names (of which “spring dwindle” is probably the most aurally satisfying). The rate of occurrence has dramatically increased over the last decade, and the moniker CCD was earned in late 2006. Continue reading “An Entomological Whodunnit”