Challenges Facing Bees: Honey Bee Population Loss and More

News of honey bee population loss is becoming sadly familiar, but colony collapse isn't the only challenge bees face.

Varroa mite on honeybee
Varroa mites, like the one on the back of this honey bee (Apis mellifera), pose a serious threat to the health of bees and beekeeping, and may be one of the factors underlying colony collapse disorder.
Photo courtesy United States Department of Agriculture