The British bees began to die, their breathing tubes infested by parasite mites.
Images: A tiny proto-bee grows in a picture frame, then emerges from a hivecell, from various angles that us to darkness.
Bee-Plague and the Alamogordo HoneyMoon
During the period of Ella's employment, the threatened bee-mite plague has indeed killed all of Hive-Maker's other bees, while the Mesopotamian bees have flourished, a fact which Ella and her new paramour Zoltan Abbassid celebrate by marrying. The two suddenly depart England, leaving Hive-Maker behind, and make their way to a honeymoon among the cowboys of Alamogordo, New Mexico.