The Importance of Bees

ApplesWithout honeybees many plants and food crops would die off. Bees are Pollinators which means they transfer pollen from one flower to another and in doing so fertilize the plant so it can grow seeds and produce food.

Flowers produce nectar to entice bees to them. Some honeybees go from flower to flower to collect nectar, picking up small amounts of pollen as they go and transferring it to the next flower they visit.  Others collect only pollen which they stick on the hairs on the hind legs, (known as pollen baskets).

They carry the pollen back to their hive where it is mainly used as part of the baby bee diet. The nectar is turned into honey.

Pollination helps most of the world’s crops and 80% of our wild plants to thrive. Many fruits and vegetables would disappear from grocery store shelves if it weren’t for honeybees.

Honeybees are organised, efficient and productive, doing a lot of good. It is said that without honeybees the human race would quickly die out.

Bee colony numbers have been rapidly declining throughout the world due to the Varroa mite which has been killing billions of bees. The mite has now become resistant to some chemicals which had previously been used to control it. This possibly means that stronger chemicals will be needed if we keep relying upon them to control Varroa. It also means that the modern Varroa is becoming a “super-mite”.