Since 2006, beekeepers have witnessed an alarming decline in their honeybee populations. In fact, over the last half decade alone, a whopping 30% of the national bee population has vanished, while almost a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have died.
Efforts to expose this unfortunate phenomenon have exploded, allowing a new government study to lay the blame on a mixture of factors, including increased pesticide use, diminishing habitats, various viruses, poor nutrition, and cell phone towers.
Adding to the disturbing news is South Carolina. As a means for battling the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which are thought to carry the Zika virus, the state used a pesticide that killed off millions of bees.
As a result of the continuous decline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has even proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species for federal protection.
The bumblebee is among the many…
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