Essay about Characteristics Of The Colony Collapse Disorder
In October 2006, commercial beekeepers began reporting hive losses of 30% to 90% and though colony losses are not unexpected after a winter season, it was however the degree of the losses that that sparked concerns (Usdagov, 2016). Honeybee disappearances have occurred periodically in the United States since the 1880’s, but the steady decline of the colonies since 1947 through 2005 has been worrisome. It is during that 58 year span, in which honeybee colonies declined from 5.9 Million to 2.4 Million or a total loss of 40% (Problems in Domestic Bee Colonies, 2007). The sudden and inexplicable losses of such large numbers of honeybee colonies being reported in 2006 was alarming across agricultural communities, as it was recognized as a threat and given the moniker Colony Collapse Disorder.
Characteristics of Honey Colony Collapse Disorder
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is identified by two key characteristics within an affected honeybee hive. The first is that adult worker bees leave the hive and never return from their foraging efforts (EPA & OCSPP, 2016). This trait alone has made it difficult for scientists to study the condition, as there is a lack of evidence in dead bodies to be examined. The second characteristic is that the queen and in some cases a small number of worker bees, primarily nursing bees, are the only remaining members of the colony (EPA & OCSPP, 2016). These two characteristics of CCD differ from common large scale colony losses of adult…