Save the Bees Bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of our crop produce throughout the World

Save the Bees
Bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of our crop produce throughout the World. Simply, if the bee goes extinct then our crops and produce will die-off due to the absence of pollination, and also certain animal species will also go extinct because of their diet also relying on the bee and it’s pollination methods which would cause the ecosystem to collapse. Since the 1990’s, 90% of the bumble bee population has plunged into extinction. These are caused by a variety of different factors that are to be recognized which include disease, pesticides, climate change and habitat loss.

What are the current causes of extinction
584365125637800There are 2 main factors which assist in the extinction of bees, these issues are pesticides and parasites. Pesticides were introduced after World War 2, since then the use of pesticides within agriculture has increased dramatically. The excessive use of pesticides, especially neonicotinoids (a new type of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects, which result in muscle paralysis and death), has had a major role and impact in the bee population decline. When neonicotinoids is exposed to bees, they immediately go into shock and forget their way home (similar Alzheimer’s but for insects).
Along with pesticides, parasites also contribute to the extinction of bees. Varroa mites (also known as Varroa destructors) are also responsible for the death of bees. Varroa mites can only reproduce within a bee colony. The Varroa are parasites that suck the blood of both adult and young bees equally. Varroa mites don’t just suck the blood of their victims, they also inflict a disease within the bees which result in the loss of bee’s legs and wings, which results in death.

HOw do bees pollinate
How do they pollinate
There are 3 specific steps that show us how they pollinate.
Land on flowers
Bees start to pollinate plants by landing on the flowers. Flowers are made precisely to attract pollinators with bright colors, sweet aromas and petals that create a landing platform. Flowers even give bees nectar, which they use to make honey, as motivation to visit.

Pick up pollen
Once bees land on flowers, they pick up pollen with the hairs on their bodies. They also use electrostatic forces to keep the pollen grains sticking to their bodies. They then brush the pollen from their bodies into specialized sacks.

Transfer pollen
Bees gather nectar and pollen from one species of plant at a time, pollen gets transferred from flower to flower. This cross-pollination allows male pollen to be carried to the female parts of flowers for reproduction. In some species cross-pollination is necessary for reproduction and the production of seeds.

What do they pollinate
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