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Most Bees Live Alone

No hives, no honey, but maybe help for crops

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11:07am, December 31, 2006

Theresa Pitts-Singer and Cory Vorel give us such friendly smiles that it's almost impossible not to believe them. But their advice on getting a close look at their bees seems nuts. They've led a small group of visitors around a back corner of the home of their bee lab. Dark blurs zip past us as the bees settle down for the night. Vorel passes out otoscopes. For prime viewing, she urges us to position our eyes and a bright light just an inch away from the stinging end of a resting bee, as if we're ear doctors gone off the deep end.

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