Call me to lie down in fragrance.”D. Margoshes
Echoing past each drop
upon my rusty, tin roof
the scent of spring rain;
quiet honey bee,
no longer hears the sound
buried in the dirt;
as wild roses bloom
their fragile petals fall;
on the soggy earth.
P. Wolf, poet & author of Jemi’s Noble Quest; available on Amazon
Last year, 40% of honey–bee colonies in the US died.
Bee hives cannot sustain themselves without worker bees and would eventually die. This combination of events resulting in the loss of a bee colony has been called Colony Collapse Disorder.EPA.gov
Scientists point to several causes behind the problem, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee–killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids (or neonics)Environmental.org
Worker Bees: these are all female and their roles are to forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean and circulate air by beating their wings. Workers are the only bees most people ever see flying around outside the hive.Natgeokids.com