Bees are important pollinators of many plants in the ecosystem (2). Recently, the decline in the number of bees in North America and Europe has shifted the research focus of many ecologists towards pesticide use (2). The impacts of pesticides on bees and other pollinators can have a major influence on honey production and biodiversity.
Bees are beneficial to our environment. They help with pollination of crops, flowers, orchards as well as yielding honey (Ryde, 7). Because of these benefits, the beekeeper learns about the surrounding environment, land, and community, for which he can help. Pollination yields beautiful wildflowers, healthy crops, fruits and vegetables (Ryde, 7).
With less pollinated plants there will be less food to accommodate the demand of livestock and wild animals’ needs. "The bottom line is, if something is not done to improve honeybee health, most of the interesting food we eat is going to be unavailable," warns Carlen Jupe (Web). Crops people grow to eat are also made into food for livestock to eat. Some of the most beneficial food for livestock to eat would be decreased and the animals would be forced to eat different crops. Some of the major crops that bees pollinate are clover and alfalfa. Bees pollinate around 20 percent of alfalfa and clover (Web). This may not seem like much, but that would greatly reduce the amount of the field’s food production for livestock, like cattle. When there is less food for livestock to eat, the animals would grow slower and the amount of livestock would decrease. In the wild, animals would not be so lucky with humans helping to provide food for them. If bees are not present to pollinate clover or seeds for ground plants, wild animals would not be able to eat as much just like livestock. The difference is humans will go the extra mile to feed their animals in the winter and wild animals would have a hard time on their own. When winter hits it is hard enough for animals to find food. As it is, animals like deer eat a lot in the summer and build fat reserves for the winter months. Towards the end of
In this chapter the author stresses the importance of creatures that pollinate such as insects, birds,
Pollination is essentially plant reproduction - without help from animal pollinators, our everyday food supply would look much different
These species include bees, such as the western honey bee, along with flies, beetles, moths, and butterflies. Pollination, as far as honey bees are concerned, is a process where honey bees legs get coated in pollen which they transfer from flower to flower to fertilize the plant. Plants rely on pollinators to grow and produce offspring. Without pollination, many plants would die off and would not be around the next growing season. Pollination is the sole reason the U.S. has as many fruits, vegetables, and nuts that it does. The western honey bee is one of the many important pollinators that have become a huge part of North American agriculture, but they might not be necessary.
When we think of bees, we think of pesky, harmful insects. What we don’t know is everything they do for not just us, but the world. Bees influence our food supply greatly. Without bees, the would be absolutely no honey whatsoever and the amount of pollen could increase greatly without their presence. You might be thinking, “What does pollen have to do with anything?” but actually the amount of pollen not only influences our allergies, but also the plants. It is definitely possible plants we eat could become over pollinated and there would go another one of our food sources
Bees are some of the most feared insects on the planet but aside from their sting they are quite a complex and beneficial creature. There are over 20,000 species of bees on the planet (Spivak,2013). They are often associated with honey however, they play a far more important role, they pollinate. Bees are responsible for about 80 percent of pollination worldwide and a single colony is able to pollinate upwards of 300 million flowers each day (Greenpeace.org). Although there are ways for human pollination it is often a painstaking and time-consuming process. Studies have also shown that human pollination is not as effective (Spivak, 2013)). With 90 percent of the worlds nutrition dependent upon bees we need to support the bees with pollination (Greenpeace.org). If we want to continue enjoying the many foods bees provide for us we
First, I’m going to answer how I think they help with agriculture. Bees first of all go around and collect pollen and when they are done they bring it to the hive and the process of honey begins in the hive, once the honeycombs are done producing honey, beekeepers will go to the nest and rub the honey off and depending on how much bees are in the nest will depend how much honey you get and be able to sell it at the end. Bees help with making honey, or anything with honey products in it basically. There may not be many products out there like cows have which is a big bundle of things, but bees are really important, because they give us our honey for multiply
Opossums may be one of the most overlooked marsupials among the human race, but bees are one of the most stigma-surrounded insects. Bees pollinate plants; this statement sounds simple but holds the key to nearly every ecosystem and lifestyle there is. It is estimated by the USDA that bees pollinate over one-sixth of the United States’ flowering plants and over 400 species of agricultural plants (New Agriculturist 1). Flowering plants are essential to the oxygen cycle: from simple lavender to the North American Tupelo Tree (Hadley 1).The proper and healthy pollination of plants like these would be absolutely impossible with honeybees and bumblebees, they are simply attracted to their unique pollens, as a means of energy, and spread them wherever
A bee is an insect that lives in every part of the world except the North and South Poles. Bees are one of the most useful of all insects. There are 20,000 species of bees in the world (154, B: Bees). Bees get their food from flowers through pollen and nectar. They collect tiny grains of pollen and nectar from flower blossoms. Sticky nectar gets attached to the tiny hairs that cover their bodies and is distributed when bees travel from flower collecting nectar (201, B: Bees). Bees make their honey from nectar and use both honey and pollen as food. When bees are collecting nectar for food, they spread pollen from flower to flower. The process of pollination allows plants to reproduce as well as feeds the bees. Bees have become completely dependent on flowers for food. Flowers, in turn, rely heavily on bees to
Many plants rely heavily on bees as their main pollinator to reproduce. The main fear is that even though many flowers also rely on mammals and other insects to assist in the pollination process, bees are the biggest and most vital source of this life cycle. As the bees disappear the reproduction process of many plants does not happen as efficiently thus less plants are produced, this
Why we need the bees; The bees pollinate most the plants to produce fruits, seeds, and nuts. Like other bees, rusty patched bumblebees important crops for us to eat, such as tomatoes, cranberries and peppers.
Bees and other insects are responsible for the pollination of plants. This allows for plant reproduction and ultimately yields food, plant, and flower crops. Bees, specifically, collect nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant. Some of the pollen from the stamen--the male reproductive organ--sticks to the tiny hairs on the bee. When the bee travels to another flower, the pollen is transferred to the stigma--the female reproductive organ--and fertilization is possible. When considering the number of bees and the number of plants in existence, the positive impact of bees is undeniable.
Bees aren 't the only insect pollinators in the world, but they are by far the most widespread ones. Despite this, non-bee insect pollinators have a contributing factor to the success of pollination that the bees themselves don 't. There have been studies on the success of the pollination and 'seeding ' of flowers and plants. Bees have a fairly average success rate, focusing more on spreading the pollination farther afield than the success of the 'seeding '. Non-bee insects tend to stay in a small ranged area that allows them to visit the same flowers more often, thus increasing the success of their visits.