As a qualified entomologist it comes as second nature to me to raise bees. They are a real 'super-organism' that between themselves can determine their own future. As cold-blooded insects, honeybees have an uncanny ability to regulate their brood nest temperature even if it is snowing or having a heatwave. Their different roles that they go through as they get older helps the organisation of the whole colony. Cleaner bees, forager bees, mimic the division of labour experienced in man's society. Bees are complex organisms that have many aspects not understood by ecologists. They have all the complicated nervous and sensory systems that man has, probably more, and the pheromones they give off, especially the queen, helps to keep the colony together.Things you can do:
Having kept bees pre-Varroa, I have now got back into apiculture so that I can find out more about them. Plenty has been written about the theories of the decline of bees but nothing very substantive has been published. My research involved fundamental observation and understanding the parameters of temperature and humidity within the hive in the light of the problems of Colony Collapse Disease (CCD). Latest publication on declining honeybees can be found here, reproduced courtesy of The British Journal of Entomology and Natural History.