Greenpeace is an organization that investigates and exposes environmental abuse. In their article “Save the Bees” they say that one in three bites of food you eat is effected by bees. Seems as we aren’t giving this problem enough attention as you can see it needs. As referenced in the previous Discover Article one of the main reasons the bees are dying is the
Global Research of CA has found that just within the last five years, “30% of the national bee population has disappeared and nearly a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have perished.” (Statistic, Global Research Of California)
Bee decline is an increasing issue in the United states of America. An article written by the University of Vermont reveals a map of over 139 troubled zones for the population of bees and why they might be endangered. The University of Vermont is a well-respected establishment when it comes to research and Agriculture.
Apis mellifera scutellata is cross between a European bee and an African bee, also known as the “Africanized Honey Bee”, or even the “Killer Bee.” It is very similar in appearance to a typical European bee, but is slightly smaller in size, though microscopically so. The differences between the European bee and the Africanized Honey Bee are exemplified primarily through behavior and biological patterns. Africanized Honey Bees are much more prolific than European bees, reproducing up to six times more yearly than European bees. The main difference between the Africanized Honey Bee and a European bee is that Africanized bees are far more aggressive than European bees, and are more protective of their nests. The willingness of Africanized bees to attack unprovoked has earned them the nickname “Killer Bees.”
Bees are kept for several reasons. Honey bees are mostly kept for commercial use or just a hobby. These bees are called Apis mellifera, or European honey bees. These bees have a presence all over the world. They produce honey as well as pollinate crops. The most popular subspecies are Italian bees, A. mellifera ligustica. These bees are usually orange or bright yellow and can amass a sizeable population in the spring. Their way of feeding is to rob other colonies of their honey. Another popular bee is named Apis mellifera scutellata, or the killer bee as most people know it, it is also known as the Africanized bees.
The European honey bee interacts with a wide diversity of flora (over 200) and native Australian fauna, especially through the sharing of floral resources. These interactions can be harmful to threatened species if the resources are limited, and due to the degree of how much the honey bee consumes, relative to the other species.
Ellis, Jamie, and Amanda Ellis. "Africanized Honey Bee - Apis Mellifera Scutellata Lepeletier." UF IFAS. University of Florida, Nov. 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
Bees have existed for about 100 million years, and they have played an important role in the pollination of plants. A long time ago, pollination was crucial to the balance of the food chain. Without it there would have been no food for the herbivores and they would have become extinct; so no food for the meat eaters. They have been doing their job for millions of years, but recently scientists have observed problems within the colonies which could have negative effects with in our ecosystem.
The Regent Honeyeater, or Xanthomyza phrygia, is a critically endangered tiny bird native to open forests and woodland areas of North Western Australia. They are similar to hummingbirds, except that they incorporate fruit into their diet. The Regent Honeyeater is also known as is “Embroidered Bee-Eater “or “Embroidered Honeyeater.” As can be seen in the picture below, the male honeyeater is predominantly black with yellow trimming on the tail and wings. Females share similar coloring patterns, but are slightly smaller in size. Prior to reaching adulthood, young honeyeaters have a mixture of brown feathers.
The mothers, the Boatwright sisters and the Daughters of Mary, help Lily to grow as a person and as a young lady. Without the queens in her life, Lily would forever be lost on who she is and her outlook on the future would be dull as she would have no purpose to move on in life. The women help Lily to realize that regret and the past should not hold you back from your future. Like bees, Lily needed a queen or multiple to guide her in life; The Secret Life Of Bees teaches one that the love and affection from an adult figure can help a person to grow and learn who he/she truly is. Leaving T. Ray ultimately gives Lily mothers who will always be there to catch her when she falls and who will love her unconditionally.
A Merops orentails lives in grasslands and open forests. A Green Bee-Eater eats honaybees, bees, and flying insects. A Merops orentails has a long curved beak and bright green plumage. Plumage is the bird’s feathers. A Green Bee-Eater’s conservation status is Least Concern. It will not be going extinct anytime soon. A Merops orentails has skin that is just feathers.
The Asian hornet is a type of wasp that lives in the dense woodland of Asia. The Asian hornet likes to eat bees, honeybees, wasps, and other insects. The Asian wasp is a mix of black, brown, red, orange, and yellow. The hornet doesn’t have skin though it has a protective shell. The hornets are threatened. And are suffering from habitat loss.
The green bee-eater is an easily distinguishable bird due to it's bright green plumage and attractive long tail-feathers. The green bee-eater also has a long, but sharp and narrow black beak which is perfectly designed for catching flying insects.
There are several different species of insect pollinators, but the bees in general make up sixty-two percent of them. Honeybees make up thirty-nine percent of that number, and the other twenty-three is composed of several different species of bees. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one-third of the homo-sapiens diet is insect pollinated and honeybees are accountable for eighty percent of the pollination of that one-third. The population of the honeybees in the United States has been noticeably declining from the late 1990 's, so the threat to the majority of the world food supply is slowly increasing as our pollinators population decreases.