An illustration to accompany an article on the plight of bees. Numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world - described as 'colony collapse disorder'. This has been partly attributed to the highly industrialised and mechanised practises of bee management. Domesticated bees are sick and dying. Only killer bees are thriving and scientists believe that by cross-breeding they could be used to bolster the immune systems of the sickening western honey bee.