Editor’s Note: The following appeared as a letter to the Editor in the Boise Weekly on Sept. 29, 2013. This letter is one is one of a series of statements by the public in support of EPA’s emphasis on addressing bee health issues only through a sound science filter.
Re: “Bee In His Bonnet”
I applaud the very objective coverage you provided in this article regarding the decline in bee population. You correctly identified the overwhelming factor which leads to the death of bees—the Varroa destructor. The Varroa destructor is a mite whose offspring feed on bee larvae with the ultimate effect that new born bees are weakened which leads to their death.