12 Feb '11, 1am

CANADIAN museum launched investigation on Friday into sudden death of 20,000 bees on display in a glass encased hive.

OTTAWA - A CANADIAN museum launched an investigation on Friday into the sudden death of 20,000 bees on display in a glass encased hive. 'All 20,000 bees died within 48 hours,' Amanda Fruci, publicist for the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, told AFP. 'The cause is being investigated but we know for sure that it wasn't colony collapse syndrome because that involves bees leaving a hive and never coming back, and in this case they all died in the hive.' In normal times, bee communities naturally lose around five per cent of their numbers. But with the syndrome known as colony collapse disorder (CDD), a third, half - sometimes even 90 per cent or all - of the insects can be wiped out. Mysterious decimation of bee populations have also been reported in Europe, Japan and elsewhere in recent years, threatening agricultural crops that depend on the honey-making insects for pollina...

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