It was with great interest that I read the news story “Winter bee deaths devastate keepers” (May 19 and TribLIVE.com). It attributed the loss of bees to a disease known as Colony Collapse Disorder, which occurs when worker bees from a hive abruptly disappear. The story goes on to explain that the cause is undetermined.
Well, I think I may know the answer.
Might it be that the “Beehive Workers Association” social programs have expanded so greatly the last four years that the worker bees no longer see any benefit in continuing to toil to bring in the nectar to make the honey, since they receive the same exact remuneration and benefits as the “nonworkers”?
Why should they work their butts off while all the other bees simply take life easy, smelling the flowers and collecting their “benefits”?
And then it dawned on me: Are we not, as a society, gradually succumbing to Colony Collapse Disorder?
Richard J. LeChard