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There Be Bees Here!

There Be Bees Here!

The Daily Shot, Ricochet, August 8, 2017

Do you remember the buzz (sorry…) a few years ago about how all the honeybees were dying and it foretold the apocalypse? (It was kind of the 2000s version of the 1970s panic over killer bees.) Well, good news: the honeybee crisis may have subsided.

According to the Agriculture Department, as of April 1, commercial honeybee colonies in the US rose three percent over a year earlier and the number of colonies lost in the first quarter of 2017 was down 27 percent from 2016. The losses declined by the same amount in April to June.

The phenomenon, known as Colony Collapse Disorder has been traced to numerous causes, including the varroa mite. From April to June, the USDA says that 42 percent of commercial hives were infected with the varroa, but that’s down from 53 percent in 2016.

It’s possible we’re over the hump. That means we can go back to freaking out about killer bees again.