Honeybees: A science mystery

Honeybees have been mysteriously dying off this past season. The phenomenon, which is being called Colony Collapse Disorder, isn’t merely limited to the United States: the whole world is experiencing it. How such a rapid onset of honeybee death could come up within a single season is a huge science mystery that nobody can yet explain. We have managed to rule out a lot of possibilities: for instance, it’s not typical poisoning, because if it were, dead honeybees would be showing up in the nests. Instead, they are simply vanishing (refusing to go to work?).

This mystery really has my interest piqued and I’m dying to hear the solution to it. If I had to guess, I’d say it has something to do with climate change and global warming. And of course this is a huge problem, because a full one-third of the crops in the United States depend on honeybees for pollination. If all the honeybees disappear there will be serious consequences.

2 Responses to “Honeybees: A science mystery”

  1. Darmok Says:

    They’re all leaving Earth before it’s destroyed.

    So long, and thanks for all the nectar!

  2. arensb Says:

    This was just in the news: President Bush Reaches Out to Nation’s Fallen Bees.