With as many as one-third of honeybee colonies routinely dying off each year and the rest requiring extraordinary care, the quest for a better bee has become critical. Scientists are trying to find the cause of colony collapse disorder, the five-year-old phenomenon of worker bees suddenly disappearing. A pair of Frederick beekeepers is part of the quest.
On a farm in Frederick, Kelly Rausch and Adam Finkelstein have made a superbee for the 21st century. In two months, the carefully bred queen has built a large productive colony that knows how to cluster against the cold and fill the winter larder with honey. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post