Bad time to be wild honeybee
12/07/2001 - Mc Nutt - http://enquirer.com/
While walking in a grassy field near Oxford, I noticed something I haven't seen much of in recent years — honeybees.
Think about it. How many wild honeybees have you seen? Probably not too many. Granted, they're the insects we don't remember because they won't bother us the way flies and mosquitoes do.
But these are bad times in bee land. Even the Ohio Honey Festival, most recently of Oxford, has flown off to obscurity. Where are you, bearded bee man, when we need you?
Apparently the number of “domesticated” honeybees is also declining in parts of Ohio, although not around here.
According to an Associated Press story this spring from Neptune, in Mercer County, the number of honeybee hives has decreased in Ohio because of disease and a declining number of beekeepers.
They are leaving the business, in part, because the price of honey is lower than it used to be, according to Tom Piper, a science teacher and beekeeper who keeps 60 hives in Neptune. Each hive produces about 100 pounds of honey.
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