Save the Honey Bees, Save us All
Colony Collapse Disorder by Maya and Kianna
More than honey
What is CCD?
- Usually the queen and larvae are still alive within the honey bee hive.
3. Inadequate incubation, temperature.
4. viruses, Tobacco ringspot virus, other pollen born pathogens
5. Pesticides such as Neonicotinoids
A World Without Honey Bees
Before it's too late.
Read more in the summaries below and follow the links to gain a greater understanding.
One of the key points made throughout the article is how the bees are vanishing due to an unknown cause. A few scientists believe it could be the weather pattern, which is frightening to hear, due to the weather not being under our control. This point of view article states a few facts, such as an expert beekeeper noticing a pattern in the loss of bees. It’s a scientific viewpoint focusing on possible reasons for decreasing bees. Pesticides, climate, viruses and infections all have to do with the dwindling bee population. The article has taught me about the various reasons why the bee population has been decreasing. It has taught me how bees could not survive these conditions and why they couldn’t. Also, what bees have what jobs in the colony. I believe that it has supported what I heard, yet more specific on the reasons, in a broad sense. How they have been vanishing, but not really knowing how and why. I felt like this was a good article. It was easy to read, easy to understand and informative.
Two: Honey Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder
Four: What's Killing American Honey Bees
A key point from this article is the study of bees being exposed to low level neonicotinoid pesticides and seeing how their work ethic and behavior maintains. I think that it is smart for the scientists to be studying about certain things that they think may be killing off the bees. I thought that it was really helpful when they gave examples of what the pressure is like on the bees. One of the examples the gave to compare what it’s like when pesticides conflict with the bees behavior/ work ethics, is like when someone is applying pressure to your shoulders. You can obtain the pressure for a short time, until it becomes a burden. For the bee colonies, that “pressure” never goes away; creating stress. when stress levels are too high, it causes the bees to collapse. I believe that this has definitely been more clear of how the pesticides are killing the bees, instead of being blunt, saying: “Pesticides kill bees.” It shows more of an example and picture to go along with the explanation in your mind.
Six: New virus linked to bee colony collapses
Some of the key points pointed out in this article is probably one of the most important ones of them all: what would we do without the bees? Could you possibly imagine living without bees? a lot of people would reply with: “yes.” Not many know of how important bees really are. An investigator investigated how much would be gone in a store if we removed all of what the bees had helped pollinate. 237 out of 453 food items were removed. That almost half of a store- gone. The article has taught me about the importance of the bees. When most people think of a honey bee, they think of it only making honey. Now I know that that’s not the case at all. I believe that if there were less pesticides used, that the bee colonies would and could be saved from extinction.
Eight: Harvard Scientist links pesticides to CCD