THE COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER (CCD) AND ITS EFFECT ON HONEY BEES
Starting in late 2006, beekeepers in the United States began reporting sharp declines in their honey bee colonies. Because of the severity and unusual circumstances of these colony declines, scientists named this phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is characterised in part by the complete absence of bees in dead colonies and apiaries. Reports indicate that beekeepers in most states have been affected. CCD has not been routinely diagnosed by professional apiculturists in Canada. At least 28% of operations reported that some of their dead colonies had CCD-like symptoms (were found dead without dead bees).