The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastropheby Loree Griffin Burns
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2010
Bees don’t just produce honey. “Your food supply depends on them,” says apiarist Dave Hackenberg. His bees have a busy travel schedule, pollinating around the United States from February to July. So when Dave inspected four hundred of his hives and found that the bees had simply vanished, “a dream team of bee scientists” got to work.
From School Library Journal:
The mystery of the vanishing honeybees began in the winter of 2006 when beekeeper Dave Hackenberg inspected 400 of his 3000 hives in Florida and discovered that 20 million bees had simply disappeared. He frantically alerted state bee inspectors and other beekeepers that there was some strange new ailment affecting these insects and asked for help in finding the cause. Soon beekeepers across the country were reporting similar catastrophes. Most of this lucid, fact-filled introduction focuses on the investigation into the problem, now known as "colony collapse disorder," or CCD. Youngsters concerned with the environment will find this meticulously researched title a valuable resource.
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