In reference to Why are the bees vanishing? by SDSTAFF Doug.
This is kind of irking me, but even the Wikipedia page on colony collapse disorder seems to have same inconsistency. I just can’t get the straight dope on this.
So, the way I understand it, the thing actually dying in this situation is the hive, as a collective. The bees themselves are missing, presumed dead. Of course bees that are missing are most likely dead, but it seems that from a scientific point of view they’re still mostly unaccounted for, rather than known dead . However unlikely it might be, could it be some sort of a bizarre swarming behavior rather than mass death?
“Who cares? We still lose our pollinators!” one might say, but personally I find a
‘millions of missing bees’ to be a very different issue from ‘millions of dead bees’. Another way to see the difference is imagine the two issues as premises for horror movies, and in my mind those are two completely different horror movies.
So where are they? Getting lost? Going somewhere to die? Disintegrating? Do bees ever join other existing colonies (to the best of my knowledge the answer is no, but I’m not an expert)?