Seems its not jut domestic bees that are dying off.
Wild bee populations around the UK are experiencing "catastrophic declines", the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has warned.
Mary Celeste Syndrome - where a honey bee hive is found almost completely deserted - has appeared in Scotland.
The Stirling-based trust's Dr Ben Darvill described bumblebees as an "insurance policy", given the problems facing colonies of honey bees.
Bees are important pollinators of flowers and crops.
Dr Darvill said: "The whole suite of pollinators are declining simultaneously."
The UK has 18 true bumblebee species and many are seriously threatened due to habitat loss.
The great yellow - the rarest bee in the UK - clings to survival in the Highlands and Islands.
Dr Darvill said the insects' demise has serious implications for food supply and the price of goods.