Honeybees across the country are vanishing from their hives, leaving scientists confused, and many farmers worried.
WYMT’s Jon Sonnheim visited a man who tends to thousands of bees and is now trying to figure out where so many of them have gone.
Believe it or not, a lot of the food you eat is available, because of bees.
The hard working insects are used to pollinate everything from apples to almonds even the alfalfa eaten by cows, which gives you steak.
They're so important to the nation's agriculture that the fact they're disappearing has caused many, to be concerned.
There's been a buzz around Bill Dixon's bee hives, recently
or rather...a lack thereof...
“Check 'em one week, they're doing good. Check the next week and they're gone!” Dixon said.
Several months ago, Dixon says he had 18 bee hives.
That's more than 20 thousand bees buzzing and flying making honey, and yes, even stinging from time to time.
But for the first time in Dixon's 50 plus years of being around bees, thousands of his little yellow and black friends are simply vanishing.
“If mites was killing them, they'd be there, and if weevils was killing them, they'd be there. It’s like you took a vacuum cleaner and cleaned them out, just sucked them out,” Dixon said.
So where could these little bees be?
That's a question that's baffled scientists and bee farmers across the country.
“We're trying to put two and two, or two and three together and find a common thread. Nothing's quite obvious at this point,” Jeff Pettis, USDA, said.
“I've never seen anything like them. They're real smart. You never would figure them out,” Dixon said.
So are all these bees dying? Are they migrating away or have the bees taken their honey and outsmarted us once again?
You can actually purchase queen bees as well as three pound bags of bees, which are sent to you in mail.
Mr. Dixon said, the post office is sure to give you a call the second those packages come in.