An article in the June/July 2013 issue of Birds & Blooms, on page 56, stated that stopping or minimizing pesticide use will help honeybees. This magazine originated in Wisconsin (I don't know where it's published since it was purchased by Reader's Digest), so I would think they know about all the theories out there, including what was shown on The Wisconsin Gardener at the link I gave below. The author of the column is a well known horticulturist from Milwaukee. So pesticides do play a role, although part of the problem because of the mite and bacterial diseases known to affect them. Just to update my previous comment.
Edited by: CHANTENAY at: 6/2/2013 (22:25)
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We have a thriving honey-bee hive way up in the top of one of our cottonwood trees... they've even been sending out a new colonies (they gather like a big ball of bees in one of our other trees or bushes) for the last two years. I hate to think of what's happening to them... I hope they settle somewhere like my yard - where they don't use nasty chemicals!
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personally ... I think it's a little be of everything. Look at our yards. .... See any flowering weeds? Nope. Oh look at what we water our flowers with .... fertilizers and pesticides. Yes big business can be bad. But us little people are worse. We don't have to use the fertilizers or pesticides. We can just let nature do it's thing. But it's not a pretty, so we make it that way. ... and kill everything that floats in the air or crawls on the ground.
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