I do love my bees... even more than I love my hermit crabs.
CCD would never happen in the LoveNest yard - Cute Husband and I never use anything with a -cide at the end of it. Which, of course, makes all insects, spiders and stink bugs feel quite at home.
And, the only farming that occurs in our yard are the few veggies I try to grow each year before the deer eat all the leaves off the plants.
Researchers, predominantly from the University of Montana, have identified three viruses — Varroa destructor-1 (scary sounding, right?), Kakugo and an invertebrate iridescent virus and two fungi — Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae.
Fungi and viruses, all of which flourish in cool, wet environments. While scientists aren't certain, they believe the fungi and viruses work together to hamper the insect's digestive system. The combination is deadly for worker bees.
And, something that could occur in the LoveNest's cool back woods.
So, we may know more about the what, but we still don't know the why or how best to resolve.
Oh, I and also love the Cute Husband: