Photographer's Note

Disappearing bees
This syndrome describes the fact that collapse of honeybees, suddenly, at any time (except winter when the hive is near-sleep) does not return to their hive. The lack of corpses in the hive or near the second criterion defining this new syndrome.
The missing workers have already been observed in the past, but in 2007 they have new characteristics deemed alarming by the MAAREC (Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium):
bees "disappearing" massively, completely new and very unusual in these social insects;
losses are brutal: An entire colony can disappear in one night;
no satisfactory explanation has been found.
Curiously, the abandoned queen appears healthy and often continues to spawn, so it is no longer enough workers to care for the brood. The few remaining bees to the hive (young adults) seem to lack of appetite and honey production drops sharply.

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