One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The sudden mass disappearance of the majority of worker bees in a colony. The causes of the phenomenon are unclear, though many possible causes or contributory factors have been proposed, such as diseases, pathogens, pesticides, and changes in habitat.
- ‘Beekeepers in Europe, North America and elsewhere are worried by so-called colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon which has been blamed on mites, a virus or fungus, pesticides or a combination thereof.’
- ‘Scientists will examine the effectiveness of pesticides in protecting the bees from colony collapse disorder and varroa mite.’
- ‘Since it was recognized in 2006, colony collapse disorder has destroyed colonies at a rate of about 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.’
- ‘Any healthy bee colony is a good thing considering millions of bees have mysteriously died from Colony Collapse Disorder.’
- ‘The declining population of honey bees, particularly due to colony collapse disorder (CCD), is troubling.’
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