We have a lot of bees this year, which I'm very happy and relieved to see.
I recently took this series of photos of a bee enjoying the Dusty Miller blossoms. We severely cut this plant back this past spring and the result is about three times as many flowers.
I thought that the worrying events surrounding the Colony Collapse Disorder were solved, but it turns out that only part of the story is understood. There is a virus, first discovered in Israel that affects the colonies drastically. But unfortunately that isn't the only cause, there may be a lot of other factors, such as pesticide use (surprise surprise right?!).
Here is a cool video about Better Bees.
I hope that the scientists working on this issue figure it out a.s.a.p.! I sure would miss bees.