The Hive Detectives

The Hive Detectives

Chronicle of A Honey Bee Catastrophe

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547152318
Branch Call Number: J 638.15 Bur
Characteristics: 66 pages : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Harasimowicz, Ellen


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How can 20 million bees vanish without a trace? That’s what beekeeper Dave Hackenburg—and many other people-- would like to know. They’re working on understanding and preventing colony collapse disorder because without bees, our world will be a very different place.

_hollister_ Jun 26, 2012

this was a really informative book. i knew that bees were important, but i never really thought about why. This was a very good book in general as well

quagga Aug 24, 2010

Millions of honey bees have disappeared. The cause is still unknown, but what is being called Colony Collapse Disorder - CCD - was first reported in 2006. This catastrophe is explored in The Hive Detectives. Excellent background information is given about honey bees, then details of the scientific research into CCD. It's a real-life mystery, which gives this book a great hook.

Loads of excellent photographs, laid out in scrapbook style, add to the appeal. I don't recommend eating your lunch while reading this book, especially the part where bee autopsies are being performed. (But the difference between a healthy bee's internal parts and that of one from a hive diagnosed with CCD is striking!)

Maryann Frazier, who has been identifying chemicals found inside beehives, says, "It was shocking to us to find, on average, five pesticides in each pollen sample. In one sample we found seventeen different pesticides." I wasn't surprised that the chemicals found most frequently, and at the highest levels, were those that beekeepers themselves put in the hive to protect their bees from Varroa mites. Presently, the best guess is that a combination of factors - viral, chemical and dietary - lead to CCD. The mystery continues.

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