09 May '12, 11am

Born to bee wild: How feral pollinators may help prevent colony collapse disorder

Born to bee wild: How feral pollinators may help prevent colony collapse disorder

Does Grist food news knock off your socks? Leave a tip in our farmbox. (Why are we rhyming in phrases so terse? Grist’s been cursed by verse! ) A rare cross-sectional glimpse of natural honeycomb construction. (Photo by Max Westby.) In 2009, lifelong beekeeper Dan Harvey faced an existential crisis when he lost 
much of his honeybee stock to colony collapse disorder (CCD). So the former Vietnam-era Special Forces veteran did what came naturally: He took to the deep dark woods of the Pacific Northwest, searching for answers to his predicament. Harvey began by hunting for wild and feral bees living near his home in Port Angeles, Wash. (These bees have escaped from commercial colonies and find refuge in the tall timber and glens enveloping the Olympic Peninsula). For years, he crossbred the feral bees he captured with honeybees in order to produce hybridized hives that would ...

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