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The endangered pollinators

The endangered pollinators

For those who visit the Maryland State Fair each year, the honey and wax exhibit is always a highlight. A busy hive of bees can be viewed through a plastic window, there's locally-produced honey and candles in a variety of shapes and sizes for sale, and members of the Maryland State Beekeepers Organization happily share their apiary experiences. But the outlook is not all sweetness: Increasingly, the focus of the honey bee display has been on educating visitors about the dramatic die-off of domestic colonies.

Maryland beekeepers have suffered about as much as those of any state in the nation. A recent survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Free State beekeepers lost...