What's The Story Behind The Massive Bee Die-Off In Fresno County? Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio Something went awry in several areas of Fresno County when hundreds of thousands of bees were found dead. Every year in February, these honey bees were used to pollinate California almonds. The County AG Commissioner is leading an investigation into what happened but beekeepers are convinced the bees died from illegal pesticide applications near the almonds. Capital Public Radio’s Julia Mitric followed the trail for weeks to find out what caused it. She shares her findings on Insight.