The other year I went to NZ. We took a walk through a forest area and on the edge was a large field of flowers. I only saw one honey bee. Varroa mites must be wiping them out. I used to have 6 hives but the day finally came and I had to move them out. Saddest day of my life to see the last of my bees go. My mate is a one man operation and this is his first year on the canola. Out in the channel country there is nothing so he went south. Lack of rain isn't helping either.