Reasons why honey bees are disappearing is a common research subject these days. Last month a new study suggested that poor nutrition is producing a less prodigious bee. A solution would be to provide bees with year-round access to pesticide-free plants, a dynamic not feasible in areas with cold winters. My California honey bees bask in the sun most of the year, only this year the lack of rain threatens to shorten the blooming season for drought tolerant flowers like California poppies and nasturtiums. The struggle continues.