Such personal musings aside, stories of 'colony collapse disorder' are alarming, given the central bees play in pollinating numerous plants. Of course, these days we're not short of apocalyptic scenarios to lose sleep over. I wonder if this article holds the prosaic answer, that it is the widespread use of certain pesticides which is causing the problem. It wouldn't be that surprising, considering such chemicals are designed to kill insects. No doubt, research will continue.