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BEE-LIEVE IT OR NOT ...

Bees are one of our most important insects. On top of being responsible for pollinating many of the flowers we find in the wild as well as many of the plants we consume, they are also the ONLY insect that makes edible food for humans!

And on top of the fact that they make honey for us to eat, they also make wax which we use for candles and novelty items like the statues found at Madame Tusseaud's Wax Museum!

Did you know that one out of 3 mouthfuls we eat daily in North America are brought to us because of the Honeybee and what they do? Flowering plants rely on bees for pollination so that they can produce fruit and seeds. Without bees pollinating these plants, there would not be very many fruits or vegetables to eat.

Yes, bees are a truly important part of our lives, whether we know it or not. In fact, studies performed by scholars have estimated that bees pollinate about 90 different types of plants that are staples in our daily diets and that the commerce generated by Honeybee pollination is between $20 and $50 BILLION Dollars per year!

BEES IN CRISIS

It is not a far-fetched statement to say that the Honeybee is one of our most important insects.

And yet despite all that, we find ourselves at a very important juncture in time because many of the bees responsible for our food, plants and commerce are endangered!

Urbanization is leading to a destruction of the natural habitat that bees need to survive.

Cell Phone and Microwave radiation disturbs the bees' natural navigation systems. This confuses the bees and prevents them from finding their way back to their hives. This phenomenon is also called CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder.

Pesticides are making bees bring poisoned pollen and nectar back to the hive.

Grazing by domesticated farm animals also destroys the bees' natural habitat.

Global warming, though unproven, is also suspected as a theory for the demise of many species of bees as the increase in temperature is causing bees to die from overheating.

But of all these issues, disease and illness are the ones that are causing the most damage.

A Varroa Mite attached to a Bee Pupa

Parasites are the primary reason honeybees are endangered. The "one-two punch" of the tracheal and varroa mites poses an ominous and ongoing threat. Introduced in North America in 1982 and 1987, respectively, these two mites spread quickly via pollination and commercial bee industry migration. The tracheal mites live inside the trachea of honeybees and suck bees' blood from the inside, whereas varroa are relatively large external parasites that reproduce inside of hive cells where young bees are being raised. If a hive is severely infected, when you peel back the wax, you might see 8 or 9 varroa mites coming out of every cell. The infestation of the brood is a significant problem, for the mites bring various harmful diseases to a colony. For example, one disease causing wing damage might result in newly raised bees that emerge malformed and unable to fly.

From 1987 to 1995, the mite population increased and feral honeybee colonies were reduced to almost nothing. Domesticated bees, on the other hand, were not greatly affected until the summers of 1995 and 1996, in which some beekeepers lost up to 85% of their colonies.

- Exceprt taken from a PBS article -

To put it in perspective, imagine having a parasite the size of a dinner plate stuck to you and sucking your blood as you try to run daily errands. That is a pretty accurate size comparison of a Varroa Mite to a Honeybee.

SAVE THE BEES

Save Our Honey Bees!

We NEED to realize that we know very little about the way our complex ecosystems work. Protecting endangered species and the environment is not an altruistic venture – we are attempting to safeguard our own future! The ‘web of life’ is incredibly complex, and the loss of a species can have far-reaching consequences! We need to become more aware of our surroundings and understand that caring for our environment isn't a fad and that it should not be used to leverage votes or a marketing scheme!

Many Websites have come out to speak about the issue and make the crisis known. The Canadian Honey Council has a section dedicated solely to this issue. Also, a UK based website called Save our Bees does a great job of communicating the urgency of the current situation pertaining to Honeybees. Even Mega-Corporation Hagen Dasz is concerned enough about the longevity of the Honeybee to dedicate a section of their website just to them.

If you are concerned about the Honeybees, please send us an e-mail and let us know. We can start a petition and send it in to government representatives and let them know that we are watching and that we consider the Honeybee population to be of enough importance that we want reforms and changes to protect them.