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Vanishing of the Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well. Unnatural. Unheard of. Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. Except it s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet and no one knows why.

Vanishing of the Bees is a fascinating documentary about the mysterious disappearance of bees from beehives all around the world. The film’s aim is a better understanding of ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (CCD), a phenomena in which honey bees abruptly abandon both their queen and brood for reasons as yet not fully known. The situation is dire and only stands to get worse and so, with that in mind, the documentary examines all scientific and environmental links to CCD.

Book on Bees

Grace Pundyk  takes a unique look at the history, culture, tradition, and environmental impact of honey in The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees. 

The Honey Trail is a global travel narrative that looks at different aspects of how honey and bees are being affected by globalization, terrorism, deforestation, the global food trade, and climate change. This unique book not only questions the state of our environment and the impact it is having on bees and honey, it also takes readers on an adventure across Yemeni deserts and Borneo jungles, through the Mississippi Delta and Tasmania’s rainforests, over frozen Siberian snowscapes and ancient Turkish villages all in search of the liquid gold known as honey.

The book includes fascinating insights such as:
• A bee produces only a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime
• China is the world’s largest honey producer
• Honey is only used as medicine in Borneo
• There are more than thirty-five mono-floral honeys in Tuscany.

Bee A bee in (one’s) bonnet An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.
Bee A bee was never caught in a shower. English
Bee A dead bee will make no honey. 
Bee A hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
Bee As busy as a bee.
Bee Bees do not become hornets. French
Bee Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails. English
Bee Better a handful of bees than a basket full of flies. Moroccan
Bee Better have one bee than a host of flies. Italian
Bee Bless the flowers and the weeds, my birds and bees.
Bee Boys avoid the bees that stung’em. English
Bee Busy as a bee. Very busy.
Bee Every bee’s honey is sweet. English
Bee From the same flower the bee extracts honey and the wasp gall.
Bee He who would gather honey must bear the sting of the bees.
Bee He’s like the master bee that leads forth the swarm. English
Bee If a bee didn’t have a sting, she couldn’t keep her honey.
Bee If a bee stings you once, it’s the bee’s fault; if a bee stings you twice, it’s your own damn fault.
Bee If you let the bee be, the bee will let you be.
Bee In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. Bible: Isaiah 7:18
Bee Its the roving bee that gathers honey.
Bee No bees, no honey; no work, no money.
Bee Old bees yield no honey.
Bee One bee is as good as a handful of flies. German
Bee One bee is better than a thousand flies. Spanish
Bee She thinks she’s the bee’s knees She has a very high opinion of herself.
Bee Sweet as honey.
Bee The bee stays not in a hive that has no honey. Turkish
Bee The bee that makes the honey doesn’t stand around the hive, and the man whomakes the money has to worry, work, and strive.
Bee The bee works all summer and eats honey all winter.
Bee The bee’s knees An excellent or the best person or thing.
Bee The bees make honey but cannot eat it; the sea-swallows build nests but cannot live in them. Vietnamese
Bee The buzzing of the flies does not turn them into bees. Georgian
Bee The drone bee dies soon after the wedding night.
Bee The three most difficult to understand; the mind of a woman, the labor of the bees and the ebb and flow of the tide.
Bee The wise bee does not sip from a flower that has fallen. China
Bee When bees are old they yield no honey. English
Bee When the bee sucks, it makes honey; when the spider, poison.
Bee Where bees are there is honey. English
Bee Where there are bees, there is honey.
Bee While honey lies in every flower, it takes a bee to get the honey out.

And, I better  mind my own beeswax (Phrase: ‘Mind your own beeswax’ –  a polite way of saying mind your own business.)


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