Bees are one of the oldest forms of animal life, preceding humans on Earth by 10 to 20 million years. Now, honeybees are dying off for a number of reasons which are classified under (CCD) Colony Collapse Disorder, including malnutrition, loss of habitat, disease, climate change, varroa mites, chemicals and pesticides.
On top of these threats, the life of a honey bee is all work and very little play. From the moment it emerges out of its hatching cell to its final flight, a honey bee is hard at work. "Bees communicate location information to their fellows with the famous waggle dance first described by Von Frisch (1974). A bee returning to its hive, if it has found flowers, makes a distinctive wiggle of the abdomen and dances up the side of the honeycomb. The bee's angle from the vertical indicates the angle of the flower away from the sun. A dance 100 degrees to the left of the 12 o'clock position indicates flowers can be found 100 degrees to the left of the sun, as seen from the hive."(1) When they come together, bees make up one unit that pollinates thousands of acres of flowering plants, producing upwards of 100 pounds of honey per year and visits millions of blossoms in its lifetimes. Its life's work is to produce a golden nectar, of which, humans on average consume approximately 1.3 pounds per year each. continue reading>>