The honey bee population in California has been experiencing a substantial Colony Collapse Disorder. This is where the worker bees leave the hive, and do not return. This leaves the Queen and Nurse bees to care for a whole colony of immature bees and larvae without having sufficient food for the duration of the nursing process.
Wild bees can attempt to pick up the pollination job that is being lost through Colony Collapse Disorder but they too are dying off at steady rates largely due to the use of certain types of pesticides and in particular, neonicotinoids. Here pictured are golden yarrows and wild geraniums that appear flourishing on a beautiful Spring day in Gilroy California. The Central Valley and Coastal section of this area is famous for its agricultural cultivation and output.