When Rafael Reynaga came to check on his bee colonies in a Fresno almond orchard, he found a carpet full of dead bees on the ground.
Reynaga picked up a hive and found two inches of bees at the bottom. He says most were dead, but a few were still moving.
Dead bees reek, Reynaga says, like a dead rat.
He's been working with bees since the 1980s but he says he'd never experienced a bee kill firsthand until this February.