Do you know how important bees are to our survival? If we didn’t have them, we would certainly perish. Bees are extraordinary creatures that need our help. From wild plants to vegetables to dairy products, a shortage of pollinators would have serious implications for both human food security and the environment. We rely on bees to pollinate our food and the food that some of our livestock. If we do not start helping them, we face an uncertain future. In recent years the conservation efforts have been helpful but it’s still not enough. Instead of killing hives, we need to be able to relocate these hives and get them somewhere safe for them to continue to do their very important jobs.
The decline in pollinators and bees has been attributed to various causes – the three major culprits are pests and pathogens, exposure to agrochemicals, and habitat loss and degradation. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is probably the best-known case of bee decline. It has been affecting honey bees since 2006 and the most striking symptom of CCD is the low number of adult bees in the hive with the absence of dead bodies. This leads me to believe that these bees know that they are carrying something that they shouldn’t take back to the hive and are dying elsewhere.
In September 2018, the University of Texas researchers found that a popular weedkiller is another factor. Honeybees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts. That makes them more susceptible to infection and death.
In my research on this, I have found that if you are going to use something like roundup, using it at night when the pollinators are less active is better for them.
Another explanation for the collapse of so many colonies is that the bees are getting lost. Christopher Connolly thinks they may be forgetting their way home. A neuroscientist at the University of Dundee in Scotland, Connolly studies bee brains. All of the noise and artificial light that we as humans create may be very well to blame for the loss of so many of these pollinators. Much like the Sea Turtles that instead of going toward the sound of the waves on the beach, get turned around and go toward the sound of a busy city on the beach. The bees are thought to lose the scent trail that flowers and plants create and that they use to find their way home because of our pollution in the air. If we don’t straighten up, we could be responsible for their disappearance. May 20th is official World Bee Day in light of what is happening to the bees. It’s celebrated to draw attention to the importance of bees and other pollinators.
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