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Honeybee protector

As the only person in the state to hold the title of apiary inspector, Mark Creighton is on the front lines of keeping a vigilant watch for pathogens that can decimate bee hives and quickly spread to neighboring ones.

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Connecticut state apiary inspector Mark Creighton looks over bee hives with beekeeper Karen Parker Thursday, August 15, 2013. Creighton is the only apiary inspector for the state with over 6,000 registered hives and travels to look for diseases that can infect the hives as well as to over advice and encouragement to beekeepers.

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A drone honey bee alights on the removed cover to one of Karen Parker's three hives as Connecticut state apiary inspector Mark Creighton looks over the hives with Parker Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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Honey bees fly in and out of one of Karen Parker's three hives as Connecticut State Apiary Inspector Mark Creighton visits Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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Connecticut state apiary inspector Mark Creighton, right, looks over bee hives with beekeeper Karen Parker Thursday, August 15, 2013. Creighton is the only apiary inspector for the state with over 6,000 registered hives and travels to look for diseases that can infect the hives as well as to over advice and encouragement to beekeepers.

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Connecticut state apiary inspector Mark Creighton examines the contents of one of beekeeper Karen Parker's three hives Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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Connecticut state apiary inspector Mark Creighton looks over bee hives with beekeeper Karen Parker Thursday, August 15, 2013.