Ecosystem: a group of different plants and animals that live together and are dependent on the area in which they live.
Evolution: is any process of growth, change or development over time.
Pesticide: a chemical substance that kills insects, weeds, or other organisms thought of as pests.
Pollinate: moving pollen from the male to the female component of a flower as part of the fertilization process in plants. Birds and insects often move pollen from flower to flower when gathering nectar and they are therefore called pollinators... more
Bees are amazing. They have their own language and they do so much for the ecosystem. Many native plants—which grow in your area—and crops you depend on for food require bees for pollination.
Recently, beekeepers in the United States and Europe have become concerned about an unusual loss of bee colonies. Scientists have since discovered several factors related to modern beekeeping that contribute to this phenomenon. Ultimately, it is not one thing but a combination that are impacting bee survival.
Ultimately, honey bees will probably be ok. We likely are not in danger of losing our favorite pollinator altogether, but we are in danger of losing some of their more rare cousins. Bumblebees and other native bees have been shown to be much more susceptible to both the diseases and pesticides impacting honey bees. So we all need to do our part to protect our local bees.
Plant flowering plants in your gardens that are native to the part of the world you live. This is not only better for the bees but also better for the ecosystem.
Don’t spray pesticides or insecticides. If you do have to spray pesticides or insecticides, spray them at night when bees won’t be visiting your garden.
Contact your local entomologists and learn more about the native bees in your area. You can plant flowers they love or build structures to encourage them to nest in your garden. For example, orchid bees love native orchids and carpenter bees love soft wooden logs and branches to nest in.
Christopher M. Jernigan. (2017, June 13). Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing?. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved October 22, 2020 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/honey-bees-disappearing
Christopher M. Jernigan. "Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing?". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 June, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/honey-bees-disappearing
Christopher M. Jernigan. "Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing?". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jun 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 22 Oct 2020. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/honey-bees-disappearing
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