October 25th, 2012Location:
Bradenton, FLConservation Status: No Special StatusDid you know?
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a serious problem threatening the
health of honey bees and the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination
operations in the United States. Despite a number of claims in the general and scientific media,
a cause or causes of CCD have not been identified by researchers. In October 2006, some
beekeepers began reporting losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. While colony losses are not
unexpected, especially over the winter, this magnitude of losses was unusually high. The main
symptom of CCD is very low or no adult honey bees present in the hive but with a live queen and
no dead honey bee bodies present. Often there is still honey in the hive, and immature bees (brood)
are present. Varroa mites, a virus-transmitting parasite of honey bees, have frequently been found
in hives hit by CCD.
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