New Buzz on Colony Collapse

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, by Linda Weiford, WSU News

Scientists investigate beekeeper’s discovery

PULLMAN, Wash. – For longtime commercial beekeeper Eric Olson of Yakima, no sting is as painful as the one he felt last winter when he discovered his hives had gone silent. Peering into each box, he saw the queen and a mere scattering of her worker-bee offspring; tens of thousands of adult bees – gone.

“They just up and left,” said Olson. “I’m 68 years old and it was the biggest shock of my life. It wasn’t just economic. It was psychological. I love my bees.” read full article