I’m a bit bee-crazy these days (don’t drop the “bee” in that sentence please). I read books, check-out blogs, watch my hives and live in a state of awe over these amazing little critters.
In Australia we’re very lucky to have such a great environment for bees and to be varroa mite free (for now). In fact our beehives are so healthy that we are a major exporter of complete bee hives. It seems crazy that you’d package up and ship bees half-way around the world but bee colonies are in crisis in many countries and their value as pollinators is simply impossible to replace. No oil-based-man-made gizmo has been invented to take over from the honeybee (go bees!).
Bees are in trouble; Colony Collapse Disorder (no clear cause yet identified), varroa mites, pesticides and extreme climate events are taking their toll. Check out this little (US-centric, but it applies everywhere) graphic to get some idea about what’s going on and the next time you see a honeybee at work, thank her for us all. (Thanks to Tim at Green Living London for posting the graphic link on his blog where I found it.)