Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Importance of honeybees in our lives?

Did you know that the honeybee is responsible for many, many foods on our tables?! Yes, they are the reason many foods (i.e. fruits and vegetables) grow to harvestability. Many times in my career I have seen where people want to "kill" the bees because they feel threatened. Yes, the honeybee has a stinger, but it is rare when they sting. If they are threatened (i.e. their hive) or they get caught in your clothes, yes they will sting. I'm not talking about the more lethal "killer bees" from South America, but the common bee we see in the wild and around our crops. There are basically two varieties of honeybee. The ones in the wild and the ones kept in hives or colonies that are transported around the country to pollinate crops.
For years there has been a serious decline of the honeybee without definite explanation. Yes, there have been mites that have threatened populations, but the greatest threat has been in question.
Here is some recent discovery that is encouraging to know: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es2035152?prevSearch=honeybee&searchHistoryKey=