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Honey Bees

Mark Schlueter

Beekeepers are still losing honey bees to colony collapse disorder. Though the crisis isn’t as bad as it was just a few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s still bad enough that beekeepers are not able to recover what they’ve lost. So scientists are looking to use other kinds of bees to help pollinate crops. They have plenty to work with: there are more than 4,000 species of bees native to North America.

‘Bee Eden’

Photos of junior beekeepers
Courtesy of Cindy Hodges, President of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association

Honeybees are struggling to survive and scientists believe several factors could be to blame, including pesticides and degradation of habitat.

But in Decatur, Georgia honeybees seem to be thriving in local colonies.

Decatur actually has a lot of beekeepers and these beekeepers treat their bees like pets, making sure the insects are well cared for.