Why are bees vanishing?

Scientists find a combination of threats may explain declining honeybee populations

By Alison Pearce Stevens, 10:31 AM January 8, 2014

The post office is buzzing as package after package of honeybees await delivery to their new homes. The tiny hooked feet of some worker bees cling to the screens on the sides of each wooden case. Other worker bees huddle around a small central cage containing their queen.

Sorting and delivering packages of live honeybees isn’t the favorite task of postal workers. Still, it is a job they have to handle more and more often. That’s because beekeepers in the United States and Europe have been losi...

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