How Disease Can Cause Bee Population Decline

Facts About Honey Bees and Disease

How Disease Can Cause Bee Population Decline
By Jerry Hayes – How are you doing with your beehives? Have you gained some confidence? If you have, that is because you have made the effort to see how another species lives, and maybe you’re concerned with bee population decline. You have provided a space (hive) where they have built a home (nest) in a vast array of beeswax hexagonal cells. Maybe you’ve even started learning how to make your own hives from bee hive plans. You have seen eggs, larvae, pupae and adults as they transition from life stage to life stage in these cells. You now know what a queen looks like. As the only functioning fertile female and the mother of all the others in a “colony” these highly developed social insects are precariously balanced and dependent on this “queen.” All of the workers that make up 90% of the individuals you see are females but

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