Tag: CCD

Honey Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder. Honey Bee Decline. Imidacloprid. Pollinator Decline.¬†Varroa destructors. Mites. Honey Bee Stress. Kim Flottum. Marla Spivak. John Bryden. These all refer to the overwhelming problems facing honey bees and other pollinators such as butterflies and humming birds. Studies indicate the loss of these essential creatures is accelerating due to a perfect storm of […]

Marla Spivak: Why Bees are Disappearing

This TED Talk by Marla Spivak, bee researcher and professor of entomology, not only suggests reasons for the decline of bees, it also explains the reasons we need bees at all. In the process, it presents the role the 20,000 different species of bees play in pollination, as well as the way bee societies function. […]

Honey Bee Update

The honey bee population has been in decline for several years. Some say it is due to the varroa mite. Others claim it is the result of pesticides. Still others cite the cause as stress on the immune system due to overuse of the bees. The decline in population is not just a US phenomenon. […]

Pollinator Research

Several months ago I wrote about the disappearing honey bee. Today CNN reports that a British consortium has committed up to $14.5 million in research grants to scientists investigating the disappearance of pollinators in Britain. (This is a worldwide problem and scientists are working to solve this mystery here in the US and in Europe, […]