Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a term used to describe the mass disappearance of worker honey bees from the hive.
What are worker bees? Worker bees are female bees that make all of the decisions that determine the fate of the hive. Worker bees carry pollen in the pollen baskets on their legs. They take the pollen to the hive where they eventually develop honey.
The colony weakens because of the lack of worker bees. Only the queen bee, baby bees, and a few nurse bees are left behind.
CCD was first reported in the fall of 2006 by a commercial beekeeper from Pensylvania, who was overwintering his colonies in Florida.
How it impacts humans
Decreases the pollination rate of crops, affecting our food supply.