Bees Vanishing, but are they Dying
In the thread "Colony Collapse Disorder & food crops - List?" ccrb1 says In fact, this is a bumper year so far for me for swarm pick up calls.
This is what I've been reading. I am wondering though if perhaps this might represent something else. In other words, everyone's been assuming that the bees are dying (which may be the case, I don't know), but I'm wondering if perhaps what's happening is that the bees are simply abandoning their contaminated hives and relocating enmasse, some to the countryside others to the city. All people really seem to know is that they are "vanishing" but they are not finding piles of the little guys. I've seen lots of stories lately about large bee swarms in town. Unfortunately some bozos are panicing and spraying them on sight.
Another beekeeper has noticed the increase and says "I think with all these wild bees that are invading the homes, it's possible we have something very positive going on here" http://www.dailynews.com/santaclarita/ci_5883227