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During the height of the Zika scare last summer, officials of Dorchester County in South Carolina used aerial spraying to combat the Zika virus-carrying mosquito. The unintended consequence of deploying the insecticide Naled during daylight hours resulted in the death of millions of bees and literally wiped out entire apiaries. 

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The Sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) begins to flower the third week of June with blooms only lasting for three weeks. The limited blooming season and the unique, ultra-light taste that comes from its nectar, with hints of anise and spices make for a special and prized honey.
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