Give Bees a Chance
The Role of Bees
Pollinating insects are a necessity to the natural world and the production of many plants that produce fruit. They also start the process that gives plants the ability to produce seeds.Without them a high percentage of fruiting plants would be lost which would directly affect certain food chains and animals. Over time this would spread into the human world and make life for the masses harder to sustain. Although it doesn’t seem to affect us as an immediate threat, we should still be taking measures and doing our best to prevent the decline of pollinating insects such as bees. We are already losing bees at a startling rate due to the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and seasonal changes. There are literally 100s of species of bees that are responsible for different levels of pollination throughout crop communities.
Pollination is the process of pollen being transferred to the female reproductive organs triggering fertilization and allowing the plant to produce its seed. As bees spend the majority of theirs lives collecting pollen to feed their young, they play a perfect role in pollination. When a bee lands on a flower, the hairs on their bodies and legs pick up the pollen and in doing so the transfer is complete. This means that the cross pollination that the plant needs to produce seeds has occured and the plant can continue the process. Bees work very hard and their efforts are rewarded with a nice drink of nectar, a sugary liquid that is produced by the plant. This intimate relationship is made possible by the bees’ need of protein in the form of pollen and the alluring attraction of flowering plants.
What Can We Do To Help?
The habitats of bees are being destroyed all over the world due to the use of pesticides. The sad thing is that we can’t all just go out and start a hive. Lack of space or just generally not knowing the first thing about beekeeping usually result in us overlooking this major problem that is staring us right in the face. Here is a list of things that we can do to help our fuzzy little friends;
- Plant bee friendly flowers in your garden like Lavender, Sage, Californian Lilac, Rhododendron, Heather, Calendula, Confrey, Snapdragon, Honeysuckle and Foxglove.
- Create a bee hotel from old wood in your garden.
- Refrain from using chemical pesticides on your lawn and around your garden.
- Put a small bowl of fresh water outside your house or in your garden.
- Learn about beekeeping and start your own hive.
- Buy your honey locally.
- Go organic in your garden.
- Share your ideas and solutions with your friends and other people in the community.
Together we can make a difference. Don’t forget to leave your ideas in the comments section below.