It isn’t surprising that the dexterous honey bee is seen as the highest form of insect life. Bees live in structured colonies where they make honey and store it in a wax comb. It is amazing that some 35,000 and 50,000 bees live in one colony. In a beehive, the queen bee will lay the eggs, the drones fertilize them and the female workers forage for food.
Bees play a vital role in helping to pollinate flowers as they fly to and fro collecting nectar. Pollen is collected when flowers are in bloom. The bees use their tongues to suck the nectar out which they carry to the beehive. The nectar is converted to honey, a wonderful rich food for human beings and which offers so many health benefits.
As we see, in the process of making honey, bees do another very important task for us, and that is, pollination. As a matter of fact, the pollination they do is so crucial, that it is said that these bees are responsible for one of every three bites that we eat
Humans can’t survive without Bees
It is an absolute catastrophe that bees are dying off, and beekeepers are losing a big percentage of their colonies. Albert Einstein remarked long ago that ‘mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years.’ Human beings, the ones who rely on bees for their honey and food (as a result of pollination), are the very ones responsible for the decline in these little miracle insects. There are many factors which are leading to bees’ death, for instance, pesticides, GMOs and bee removers making use of dangerous and toxic products to kill entire swarms in their efforts to remove them from homes and commercial buildings.
Up until recently nobody has given much thought to the dangers of pesticides for bees. Neonicotinoids are popular insecticides which are used to prevent insects from destroying crops. The insecticide is already used at the time of planting and could be transferred to bees through pollen later in the growing season. People selfishly think about growing ever more crops to feed ever bigger populations of people. They don’t think about the tiny little worker who makes it all possible. The ironic thing is that growing more crops requires more pollinators…bees.
But scientists aren’t prepared to lay the blame directly on pesticides, although this is a grave concern. Research into this worrying fact has also investigated parasites as well as other environmental factors which could be causing the decline of bees.
Bees Should Have Everyone’s Vote
We certainly need to act now if we are going to save our bee populations. Many nature lovers are finding out how they can make their gardens more attractive for bees as well as other insects such as butterflies. Fennel, lavender, rosemary and thyme are some of the herbs they are planting to attract bees. We also need to educate people about bees and their importance, and to let them know that the very welfare of the human race depends on this remarkable and most vital little insect being around for a long time.