(Idaho Statesman) There are some eerie signs of unusual deaths in these bees. For instance, many of the dead insects are inexplicably headless. Many of the lifeless bodies’ tongues are sticking out, which could mean the bees starved to death. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is looking into the deaths, but the department is reportedly only looking into possible diseases not chemical causes.
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