This is true for North American bee populations. This is a global problem that we all need to take some responsibility for. Although the cause of the rapid decline in population is not yet known, scientists around the world are concerned because bees are crucial to maintaining ecological balance and agricultural production.
This article will examine the reasons honey bees are so important and what is causing their decline. It will also discuss how people can help save them. Although bees are often regarded as nuisances due to their irritating stings they are an integral part of the ecosystem. They are responsible for pollinating many species of plants.
Bees travel from one plant to another in order to collect nectar and pollen. The pollen they transfer between flowers is used to fertilize the plants and allow them to produce fruit and seeds. Many wild plants are now dependent on bees to reproduce. Agricultural production is also dependent on bees because of the same process.
Bees are essential for pollination of almost all fruits and vegetables, including apples, peaches and oranges, cucumbers and squashes as well as squashes and pumpkins. The sharp decline in bee numbers is a threat for agricultural production. Many people are concerned about the decline in bee numbers. Many wild honey bees are no longer found in North America. Both professional and amateur beekeepers have lost many hives.
Although the scientific community is still unsure why bee populations are falling, they have some theories. Bees are now more susceptible to parasites such as mites and fungi. Pesticide use is on the rise, which may also be a factor in the decline of bees. California’s case shows that pesticides were used in 35 times as many fields between 1994 and 2005, which seems to be linked to the decline in bee populations in the state.
Beekeepers often feed their bees nectar only from one source. This can make them vulnerable, as some studies have shown that bees with weak immune systems are more likely to be fed this single-source diet. They love variety, just like us. Despite the dire situation, there are many ways that people can help. You can help by planting bee-friendly flowers around the house.
Bees love tall flowers and disc-shaped flowers. The bees love weeds like dandelions and will not mind if you don’t mow the lawn as often as possible. The local garden center should be able help you choose the best flowers for your climate. It is also important to reduce your use of pesticides and chemicals. Local beekeepers can also produce honey that you can buy to support local bee populations. This is especially important as cultured bees are not found in all areas of the United States. Honey from local producers can come in many flavors depending on the flowers that bees visit. You can start beekeeping if you have the space and time. For more information, contact your local apiary society. You can also write to federal, state, and local officials to request funding for research into Colony Collapse Disorder.