A fungus may be a factor in Colony Collapse Disorder.
“Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about.” -August in The Secret Life of Bees
For several years now, people have been wondering what, exactly, is happening inside the hives of honeybees. Colony collapse disorder has been decimating hives, confounding beekeepers, and even causing a low-level panic in the general public. Just a few moments ago, the New York Times published an article announcing a modicum of success in solving this mystery, “Possible Cause for Bee Die-Off Found,” by Kirk Johnson.
Entomologists and military scientists have found a fungus that is apparently working in tandem with a virus to somehow compromise the bee nutrition.
Lots of questions still to answer … but let’s hope this is a first step in identifying the problem or problems and working toward a solution.
It’s well past time to unravel this particular piece of complicated life inside the hive!