Just got this from Kim Flottom> Bees are suffering because of our envioroment, diversity of bloom and pesticides. I think alot of us have been saying this for a long time...our .bee problems are caused by more than one thing. One thing I have noticed is in summer I dont have those huge beards laying out on the front. Yes i have beards of bees but not as big as they use to be. Many other beekeepers are saying the same thing! I also think this may be another reason why our honey crops are down. I got a 150 lb average last year but I think with the bloom I had I should have had 200 plus. Hey BUD any comments on the systemic pesticides....Jeff Petis in this article impicates problems with them!