May 20 - World Bee Day

Posted on May 20, 2020

There's a lot of love going out to bees these days. Have you noticed?

Bees have been dying, and species of bees are endangered (and in some cases extinct). There's a weird colony collapse disorder - most of the worker bees in a honey bee colony suddenly disappearing - and there are so-called murder hornets, which attack and feed on bees. Sometimes so-called killer bees invade an area - and when that happens, loads of people end up wiping out all bees out of fear. 

All of that is dramatic and bad enough, but there are also huge problems with honey bees' habitats being paved over or built on, and climate change is of course giving bee species and other species problems.

But we all depend on the survival of bees. So much of our food depends on honey bees! Of course there is the honey itself, but many of the fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts we eat are pollinated by bees! 

Also, many plants in wild habitats also depend on bees to pollinate their flowers, grow their seeds, and start a new generation of plants. If bees suddenly disappeared, we would soon see plants dying, and the animals that depended on those plants would also die - and poof! Our biodiversity would soon be a lot less. We depend on biodiversity for medicines and also for healthy and constantly-adapting ecosystems. 

Bees are not the only pollinators; hummingbirds, bats, and butterflies are other examples of animals that pollinate plants. About 90% of all wild plants depend on animal pollination, and about 75% of the world's food crops do, too!


Here is the U.N. website about World Bee Day. Hopefully you can dedicate some money or time to helping bees and thereby helping all of us!

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