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The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series)
Title: The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series)
Author: Loree Griffin Burns
Bees don’t just produce honey. Your food supply depends on them. Apiarist Dave Hackenberg’s 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.
Without honey bees the world would be a different place. There would be no honey, no beeswax for candles, and, worst of all, barely a fruit, nut, or vegetable to eat. So imagine beekeeper Dave Hackenburg’s horror when he discovered twenty million of his charges had vanished. Those missing bees became the first casualties of a mysterious scourge that continues to plague honey bee populations today. In The Hive Detectives, Loree Griffin Burns profiles bee wranglers and bee scientists who have been working to understand colony collapse disorder, or CCD. In this dramatic and enlightening story, readers explore the lives of the fuzzy, buzzy insects and learn what might happen to us if they were gone.