This afternoon I witnessed a tragedy in the making. Hundreds if not thousands of bees clumped together on a hot Phoenix sidewalk. My guess is they’d all gone nuts, left the hive, lost their purpose in life. I’m not well-versed in matters apiary but I think these bees suffer from CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder.
I read up on it a bit. Apparently no one knows what causes CCD. Bees just up and leave the hive. Is it pesticides, parasitic mites, a new virus or inadequate food supply? A combination of some or all of those? I suppose it could be a dead queen. Anyway, beekeepers saw it six years ago, in 2006, and hit the alarm button.
It’s a startling thing to see, nature, the one thing you can usually count on, running amok. It’s sad, just purely sad on one count, and a travesty to gardeners and juicers like me, if the bees, our pollinators, go away or are greatly reduced.
Until I know differently I’m betting the culprit has a human’s face and a commercial interest.