This was too much for Grubby. He puffed up, making himself as bad as he could, and growled:
"I'm surprised to see you're guarding your hive. Honeybees are dropping like flies. You know, I ran into some bee counters the other day. They told me more than a third of your buddies in U.S. colonies have been lost since last year. That's tens of billions of bees. They were snuffed by mites, pesticides, and a mysterious disease that's causing the big bees to abandon their hives."
Beatrice looked stung and buried her antennas in her fuzzy striped body. Grubby chuckled.