I started Beekeping when I was about 13, and kept bees until I was 18....then joined the Miliatary and 30 years later I am getting back into it. Back then there weren't any problems with the HoneyBees disappearing, but I did it just for the interest. Now I am still very interested, and looking forward to getting as knowledgable as I can. I have had 1-3 Hives for the past three years but can't get them to over-winter...in Maryland? I grew up in Western PA, in the 70s and our winters were much worse than today... so I am thinking I am doing something wrong. Hopefully with all the Expiriance here I can figure it out and get back to long term Beekeeping. I have already been reintroduced to SHB.... but that has caused me to learn about controlling pests as well..... next year will be better!