What’s Happening to Honey Bees?

You’ve probably heard about the sudden and mysterious drop in honey bee populations throughout the U.S.A. and Europe. Beekeepers used to report average losses in their worker bees of about 5-10% a year, but starting around 2006, that rate jumped to about 30%. Today, many large beekeeping operations are reporting that up to 40 or 50 percent of their swarms have mysteriously disappeared. This massive die-off of honey bee populations has been dubbed colony collapse disorder, and it is a big, big deal. Find out more in today’s episode of SciShow.

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Honey bees and colony collapse disorder
http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15572

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What Honey Bees Can Teach Us About Democracy
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http://science.howstuffworks.com/zoology/insects-arachnids/colony-collapse-disorder.htm

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Bee deaths: EU to ban neonicotinoid pesticides
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The Politics of Bees Turns Science on its Head — Europe Bans Neonics While Local Beekeepers, Scientists Say Action is Precipitous
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