There has been much consternation in recent years over the decline in honeybee populations along with other pollinators that plants rely on for reproduction. Much of the focus has been turned to pesticides used on farms, which is part of the problem but not the main issue, according to beekeeper Mark Lentz of Brussels.
The Varroa Destructor attaches to the body of a bee and feeds on its fat stores, which can kill a colony during the winter hibernation. If the bees don’t freeze to death, they wind up in a coma that they can’t recover from. Lentz also cites a loss of habitat as another concern.