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!