Anyone with an interest in pollination has been holding their breath for a decade now as CCD has ravaged hives in other parts of the world, especially the US. So it was not a surprise to wake this morning to this headline from the NZHerald

Wipeout threat for NZ bees

An Auckland beekeeper who has set up 300 hives around the region says his insects have started dying at an alarming rate.

He believes a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has wiped out bees and reduced food crops around the world, may have reached New Zealand.

[..] Kerry McCurdy, of Beez Things, which provides the highest number of hives across Auckland, says customers started calling last week saying their bees had disappeared.

Only 10 of the 50 hives he had collected had live bees left.

People round here get food security. What the hell has to happen before the rest of the community, and its so-called leaders, start getting it as well?

I've seen a few bumble bees here in Bombay this spring and a couple of honey bees. What's your experience so far this season?

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