Insect Specialists

The honeybee has recently been in the news as an important economic species that is threatened by diseases, poor environmental conditions, and overuse as a commercial pollinator. There have been major losses of bee colonies in recent years to Colony Collapse Disorder and other challenges, with some beekeepers losing at least 30% of their hives. Honeybees are important to U.S. agriculture, as they pollinate over $15 billion of food crops each year. Moreover, bees and their social behavior have been a fascination to humans for centuries.

The materials in this case cover bees and beekeeping as both a hobby and a commercial enterprise. The video is one of several on the threats to bees in modern times.