Originated from Asia then multiplied across Europe, Africa and all corners of the world. We are talking about bees. Bees exist since million years ago and they are one of the backbones of our ecosystem. With approximately 20,000 known types of bee species, bees are not only for providing honey; but they are largely responsible in the natural production of fruits and vegetables. They equally help in beautifying the environment with mesmerizing, colourful flowers.
Basic Type of Bees OR Members of the Colony
- The Queen: - 1 per colony (She is about 25mm in length)
- The Workers - 10,000 - 50,000 per colony (female bee about 20mm in length)
- The Drones - 1000 per colony (male bee)
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein
A large proportion of agricultural yield in crop farming, gardening and fruit production depends on pollination by bees. The crop yield is significantly higher with pollination by bees. The life span of a honey bee depends on many variables. The three categories, of honey bees have different life spans. Queens can live for three to five years; workers for a few weeks; and drones, which are the only males, live only until they mate with the queen, after which they die. The stages of life for bees are larva, pupa and adult.
The seed production of fodder crops and vegetables also benefits from bee pollination. Without bees following of the foods do not exist or may be in inadequate form. Availability of flowers in abundance is like a dream. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables that would be very scarce or not available as the amount of bees decrease.
Bees are the gift from the Nature
This applies to all kinds of fruit such as apples, strawberries and cherries, almost all oil seeds such as rapeseed, linseed and safflower, and all kinds of vegetables such as beans, peas and cucumbers.
The situation today
Fact sheet From 2014, The number of managed honey bee colonies in the United States has declined steadily over the past 60 years, from 6 million colonies (beehives) in 1947 to 4 million in 1970, 3 million in 1990, and just 2.5 million today. Given the heavy dependence of certain crops on commercial pollination, reduced honey bee populations pose a real threat to domestic agriculture.
Am I involved in the destruction of bees?
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