Honeybee – 7/31/12

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/31/12

Observation Time: 11:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Honeybee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Comments: Honeybees perform the vital service of pollinating crops. Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon maintains honeybee colonies for pollinating strawberries and other crops. Honeybees may travel several miles to gather nectar for making honey.

Since 2007, abnormally high die-offs (30–70% of hives) of honeybee colonies have occurred in North America. This has been dubbed “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). It seems to be caused by a combination of factors, possibly including neonicotinoid pesticides.

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