The federal government will spend millions of dollars trying to figure out why honeybees and monarch butterflies are disappearing.
Purdue entomology professor Christian Krupke says the study—which will include several federal agencies-- is long overdue.
He says the consensus is that there are a number of factors that have led to the decline of honeybees.
"Pathogens, parasites, pesticides and habitat availability," says Krupke. "Which of those ranks first largely depends on where those particular bees reside."