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My bee obsession | Beekeeping 101

Years ago I captured this photo of a worker bee foraging in the backyard of our old house, likely when I was trying to figure out how to do macro photography.  Look at the segments of her antennae! And that empty pollen basket! - I now think to myself.

I've always been fascinated by bees, but during that summer in particular we started seeing bee carcasses everywhere on our back patio - and many more living and dying bees as well.  It must've been right around the time that Colony Collapse Disorder was starting to become a well-discussed thing, because we worried that we were seeing evidence of CCD right before our very eyes.
Don't try correcting me on when CCD actually started either, because I'm relying on my years-ago memory now, and I think that allows me to be a little vague about details. 
A bee in a rose at Orfila Winery in Escondido
Worse still, our middle child - who was just a bit more than a toddler then, and has always been very fearless (hard-headed?) - st…

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