The agricultural economy couldn’t withstand without the bees. Bees are very crucial for the environment and our food supply.
More than a third of the production of food is made with the help of animals pollinating the crops. Bees are the main pollinators in the world and they are the key in every feature of the ecosystem.
These insects are crucial to the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants which are food or home for other insects or animals on earth. Many different species exist just because of the contribution to the interconnected and complex ecosystem from bees.
Sadly, the population of bees around the world is declining rapidly and it’s alarming many scientists.
Bees are killed off by different reasons such as pesticides, parasites, and infections being the three main reasons for their decrease in population.
Additionally, climate change can cause some flowers to bloom much earlier or much later than the regular time for blooming. This can leave bees with fewer food sources. Bees also suffer from the loss of habitat, abandoned farms, and the reduced diversity number of bee-friendly flowers.
In the U.S. and Europe, CCD, or colony collapse disorder, is killing the population of bees. Scientists and researchers believe that the main culprit for the reduction of the bee population is pesticides. The pesticides have destroyed the resistance of bees so they are not strong enough to stop infections and parasites which are killing them right now.
Action needs to be taken and we need to work together and protect this vital species.
Bumblebees are the most hard-working species in nature. Their size, shape, and ability to vibrate lead to very effective pollination for certain crops.
However, during their busiest days, bumblebees like to rest up in flowers and photographers have caught them in the act.
You can see in these pictures that these small insects sleep in the flowers with pollen all over their furry butts.