Australian scientists have learnt that over a six year period 10 million hives worldwide collapsed, according to a recent snippet in the Time Magazine (Feb, 2014).
In the study cited by the Times Magazine, they were able to track honeybees using little bee-sized microchips and follow them from flower back to the hive (or not, as the case may be).
As some of the bees had pesticide added to their little microchip backpacks, the scientists were able to observed how this effected pollination. While the results were not published, we will be keeping an eye out for them. The demise of the bees greatly influences the world's food sources.
Photo Courtesy of Malcolm Waite.