Bee Populations Got a Needed Boost, But Watch Out for Other Stingers  by Jennifer Wagner 8/19/12

If you ate breakfast this morning, you can thank a honey bee, master beekeeper Stephen Repasky says.

As bees move from plant to plant, Repasky explained, they spread pollen that is essential for producing about one-third of the foods we consume -- including the milk we put in cereal, which comes from dairy cows that eat such plants as alfalfa.

In the last several years, beekeepers all over have been concerned about declining bee populations and the impact it could have on food supplies. After this year’s mild winter and warm spring, however, many local beekeepers report seeing stronger numbers in their hives.


About six years ago, beekeepers throughout the country began finding their hives empty; colonies of thousands of bees that previously thrived seemed to vacate their homes overnight.

The exact cause of the mysterious disappearances...