No one villain behind honey-bee colony collapse

Many factors may interact to bring on mysterious disorder

By Susan Milius, 11:23 AM December 15, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IND — Jeff Pettis continues to break the hearts of mystery lovers.

Two years ago he and other entomologists went to work on what sounded like the scenario for rip-roaring fiction: widespread, unexplained disappearances of honey bee workers that left the youngsters and queen behind for no obvious reason.

His progress report to the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America, however, isn’t pointing toward a fictional crescendo. Pettis argues that there may not be...

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