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In pictures: Colony collapse

In California, the almond orchards are in blossom and millions of honeybees are at work pollinating.

Without the honey-bees the orchards will die. But something is causing bees to vanish by the thousands, affecting both the bee-keeping industry and California’s number one horticultural export, the almond crop, worth more than $3bn (£1.5bn)n US dollars.

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