I Don't Understand

What will we do without them? Will we depend on other insects, birds, the wind to pollinate......and if the honey bee population is dwindling, is that a representation of humanity? Our eminant danger to nature is terrifying.
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4 Responses May 10, 2012

The reason the honey bees have been disappearing for the past several years is a fungi infection that causes the worker bees to loose their ability to find their way back once they fly out of the hive. the fungi infection is, as the leading scientists in the area indicate, a direct result of human pollution. They also made an interesting estimate: Should the honey bees ever go extinct, through the combined efforts of humans and other insects, flowering plants (the most widespread type of plants) could survive for another full four years, after which they would go extinct - and humanity along with it. I like the irony of it.

themanoflegends, do you think it would help if more private sectors kept bees? Do you think that would increase the honeybee population, or promote another problem in the long run?

I honestly have no idea.

There are other insects that pollinate, like butterflies and other insects;<br />
but none does such a good job as the bees,<br />
and none but the honey bees have such other and versatile attributes, like making accessible honey and the best wax, or lava that don't eat crops.<br />
Australia is the last place where the Veroa mite has not invaded.<br />
The quarantine restrictions are extremely fierce and vigilant, but there are still risks.<br />
At present we export queens all over the world, and this assists apiarists to restart their production after an infestation.<br />
But a means needs to be found to actually exterminate the Veroa mite permanently, without damaging other insects or the environment.<br />
Our science research, the CSIRO is working on tailoring a disease that targets only the Veroa. Other organisations around the world are in a race to do the same.<br />
The Veroa mite is native to the Asian bee, and naturally common throughout East Asia. The cross over of the mite to the European honey bee occurred in Asia, and was the result of an error of human lack of preventative caution, and occurred in ignorance. Modern apiary techniques of moving hives to where crops are flowering have helped to spread the disease.

I agree with you completely. I live in the mountains, and lately there have been numerous bear attacks...and ruinvisible2, what tortures my soul is the bears are put down! They are only coming out of their natural habitat because of the land clearings and they are hungry after their winter's sleep. What a travesty to take away their homes and then slaughter them for trying to sustain their lives.....*smh*....terrible. I was walking a trail a week or so back, there was a family in front me, all with walking sticks. I was admiring the touch me nots that were blooming along the trail when I see a man beating the heck out of the ground with his walking stick. Of course, it peaked my interest, then I realize he is beating a snake. My heart sank. Why not just walk past, we are visiting the snake's home, ya know....breaking, entering and murder.....

If we keep on the path we are on, we will eventually destroy ourselves. Without pollination the life cycle of many things will come to an end. As for birds, they are on their way out due to starvation. As developers, especially here in the U.S., remove all trees and shrubs that produce food and shelter for almost all migrating birds. Which is one reason why planting native plants to your area is so important. Through years of instinct, birds know what to look for along their migratory path. Native plants also use less water to maintain. And water is a whole other issue. We can go on and on of how one species / resource depends on another.