So during the last summer when I was outside I noticed that there weren’t very many bees out like the year before and I remember hearing something about honeybees on the news when I was watching TV. So I decide to do some research on honeybees and found out that the honeybee population is disappearing fairly quickly. One of the articles I recently read said that beekeepers are losing up to 60 percent of their hive! When in the early 2000’s they only lost up to 10-15 percent of their hives.
Many people believe the cause of all the dead hives are because of neonicotinoid which farmers all over the world use to keep harmful insects away from their crops. The neonicontinoids targets the nervous system of insects resulting in paralysis and death. This leads people to believe that this could be a possible thing that could be killing the honeybee hives. There have been many people who have tested to see if this is true and found out it does slowly kill off the hive. It slowly weakens the honeybees and makes it harder for them to find its way back to the hive.
There have been many scientists looking for another type of bee that could replace the honeybee if the honeybees completely disappear. They found a blue orchard bee which also pollenates many of the same things as the honeybee. The only problem with the blue orchard bee replacing the honeybees would be that the blue orchard bees can’t reproduce as fast as the honeybees can. They also don’t produce honey and the blue orchard bees prefer to live alone insisted of living in hives. They rarely sting and don’t swarm. These blue orchard bees are seen by scientists as a good replacement for honeybees but there are many other types of bees that also could replace the honeybee as well.
The honeybees are responsible for pollination of many crops on the earth and if we lose them it could cause a significant decrease in how many seed-bearing crops that would be available for us to eat. When the honeybees fly from different flowers it spreads pollen and fertilizes plants. Many beekeepers sell queen bees to other bee keepers who’s hives are dying off and they sell to farms that make standard fare of honey. There are a lot of beekeepers that are working together to breed a bee that is resistant to disease and parasites that will do the same thing as the honeybees.
The bees are dying because of the use of pesticide such as neonicotinoid on crops all over the world. It slowly kills the bee each time it is exposed to it and it will die eventually after a while. If we keep using the pesticides that are killing the honeybees off we won’t be able to eat many of the things we eat now. There are many types of different kinds of bees out there that could replace the honeybee. What kind of bee would be the best replacement of the honeybees? Is there something else that farmers could use to protect their crops that won’t harm or kill the honeybees? Have scientists breed a new kind of bee that is immune to the pesticide that farmers use and does the same thing as the honeybees?