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   "...For many entomologists, the bee crisis is a wake-up call. By relying on a single species for pollination, US agriculture has put itself in a precarious position, they say. A resilient agricultural system requires diverse pollinators. This speaks to a larger conservation issue. Some evidence indicates a decline in the estimated 4,500 potential alternate pollinators – native species of butterflies, wasps. and other bees. The blame for that sits squarely on human activity – habitat loss, pesticide use, and imported disease – but much of this could be offset by different land-use practices...."
What's happening to the bees?  Suddenly, the bees farmers and growers rely on are vanishing. Researchers are scrambling to find out why. by Moises Velasquez-Manoff  Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, April 4, 2007 (Click to read)

Please take good care of these pollinators:
stingless bees, bumble bees, and other bees; wasps, hover flies and other flies; beetles; thrips; ants; butterflies; moths; bats; and hummingbirds and other birds. 

  Also see The Bee Keeping Resource Guide  on the Garden Buildings Direct website (Click here)

  Click here to read about Colony Collapse Disorder on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  "David Bradshaw has endured countless stings during his life as a beekeeper, but he got the shock of his career when he opened his boxes last month and found half of his 100 million bees missing.
In 24 states throughout the country, beekeepers have gone through similar shocks as their bees have been disappearing inexplicably at an alarming rate, threatening not only their livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops, including California almonds, one of the nation’s most profitable...."
Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril by Alexei Barrionuevo, New York Times, February 27, 2007 (Click to article)
""...One of the things that makes this outbreak unusual is that beekeepers are finding hives in which only the queen and a handful of young bees remain. Most of the adult bees have fled the hive, but their bodies have not been located.
Researchers in Harrisburg, at Penn State, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the University of Montana are studying viral diseases, parasitic mites, genetic diversity, insecticides, other toxins and beekeeping practices. That research is part of an effort to discover reasons for the big hive losses, Mr. vanEngelsdorp said...."
Bee colony collapse mystery studied by Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, February 25, 2007 (Click to article)
""...Honeybees are not the only pollinators whose numbers are dropping. Other animals that do this essential job -- non-honeybees, wasps, flies, beetles, birds and bats -- have decreasing populations as well. But honeybees are the big actors in commercial pollination efforts.
"One reason we're in this situation is this is a supersize society -- we tend to equate small with insignificant," Berenbaum said. "I'm sorry but that's not true in biology. You have to be small to get into the flower and deliver the pollen.
"Without that critical act, there's no fruit. And no technology has been invented that equals, much less surpasses, insect pollinators."
 
Vanishing honeybees mystify scientists Washington, (Reuters), CNN.com, April 22, 2007 (Click to article)

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