Trent was reading me to sleep last night. He has a real terror of bees and cannot tolerate a bee hanging in his vicinity.
“The short take is that Colony Collapse Disorder is real, although its causes remain a source of some dispute. The Environmental Protection Agency lists the possible causes like this:
- Increased losses due to the invasive varroa mite (a pest of honey bees).
- New or emerging diseases such as Israeli Acute Paralysis virus and the gut parasite Nosema.
- Pesticide poisoning through exposure to pesticides applied to crops or for in-hive insect or mite control.
- Stress bees experience due to management practices such as transportation to multiple locations across the country for providing pollination services.
- Changes to the habitat where bees forage.
- Inadequate forage/poor nutrition.
- Potential immune-suppressing stress on bees caused by one or a combination of factors identified above.”
Nil: The bees are MEEEE!
Trent: That’s why we’re not getting along. Next session we should tell our therapist, ‘We figured it out. She’s a bee.’ And she’ll say, ‘Namaste,’ and send us on our way.
Nil: …laughs herself to sleep…