It’s long been known that Earth’s honeybee population is decreasing at an alarming rate and what are we going to do about it?
The human population needs to take action now to save the Earth’s honeybee population, or shortly, we could reach a critical point of no return. The honeybees have been in steady decline for several years now and the situation is growing worse and worse. The main contributors for this massive decline are varying climate changes, parasites, and habitat loss.
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Honeybees live in a nest, called a hive and it is estimated that each hive can have up to 80,000 bees, mostly workers. The hive is ruled over by a queen bee. She is the largest bee in the hive, and she is the only female to mate. Males usually just hang around; their only purpose is to mate with the queen; then they die.
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The workers do all of the work inside and outside of the hive. Their jobs include making wax, caring for larvae or the baby bees, building honeycomb, storing pollen, making honey, guarding the hive and collecting pollen and nectar.
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When Honeybees seek out nectar and pollen to make honey with, they visit many different types of flowers, including milkweed, fruit trees, dandelions and clover, just to mention a few.
Once at the flower, the worker bee drinks as much nectar as she can possibly hold and upon her return to the hive, she passes the nectar on to another worker. This worker holds the nectar on her tongue until the water evaporates, leaving the nectar to return to the air and now the honey is on her tongue and stored in the hive.
Interestingly enough, when a bee finds an area with lots of flowers, she is able to “mark the spot” using her scent. She returns to the hive and does a “dance” which tells the other bees the distance and direction as to location! Nature is truly amazing as this way of communication helps the hive locate the good places, not wasting their precious time searching!
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Sadly, our natural eco-system depends upon the processes involved with the bee pollination and if this pollination cannot happen our crops and foods will be in severe peril. We rely on honey bees for one-third of our food supply, so when honey bees are in danger, we’re all in danger.
Honeybee deaths are reaching a critical point, whereby it may not be possible to reverse the damage. The good news is that much of the population decline can be attributed to human actions, including the use of nicotine-based insecticides that cause bees to literally drop dead.
These chemicals render the bees literally paralyzed by exhaustion and once in contact with these poisons, the bees literally die within minutes.
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While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honeybees would be catastrophic to our earth. We can handle some “less than ideal produce,” but certainly we cannot and must not tolerate a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination. Without honeybees we will be required to hand pollinate all our agriculture grown foods and this is truly unacceptable, don’t you think?
Please take the necessary action individually to ease this concern and think before you use harmful pesticides and save these precious honeybees!