As I already posted in my previous article Flower lover named Bumblebee the existence of bees in wildlife is in serious danger. In the UK, the Sunday Telegraph has launched a serious campaign called “Bring Back Bees”. The goal is to preserve the bee’s natural habitat that has been seriously damaged due to climate change, the threat from parasites and the increase of urbanization that reduce bee’s natural habitat.
British Bee Keeper’s Association with alongside Bring back bees campaign are planning to do the same thing by educating people to participate in this program in order to rescue the bees from extinction. The goal is to provide enough information about what things that the society can provide to assure the increase of bee colony in the UK. This action is not only directed to other bee keepers, normal gardener is also able to participate. Here is the essential point to be addressed to the society:
- Encourage gardener and home owner to plant wildflower seeds in their garden in order to provide flowers and allow bees to execute their pollination process.
- Create shelter for bees: grow long grass in several areas for shelter the bees from the rain.
- Provide a shallow edge dish of water in your garden for the bees.
- Reduce the use of pesticide that can harm the bees.
- Create hives in your garden!
Beware of Varroa mites.
There is another factor responsible for the decline of number of bees in the nature. Varroa mite is a parasite that lives by destroying bee’s colony. The adult verroa attach at the bee’s body and weaken the bee by sucking the bee’s circulatory system called the Hemolymph. Once an “invected” bee enters its nest, the Verroa mites will hatch their eggs in the bee’s larva. Thus, the whole colony will be infected by these parasites and will eventually die after couple of month.
These parasites have caused a decline of the bee populations in the UK. Thus, British bee keepers have tried to find a effective solution to destroy the growing population of the varroa mites. Some of them have initiated the idea to use miticides to kill them. However, miticides can be harmful to humans as these miticides are supposed to be sprayed in the bee’s hives where honey production (for our benefit) is taken place. Proper use of miticides can slow the development of the mites.
In the picture below you’ll see the life cycle of mites:
It’s time to act
The threat from the Varroa Mites and the lack of natural habitat are the main responsible party that provokes this the disparation of bees in several area in the UK. Can you imagine if the world will be without the bee’s existence, the only natural productor of honey for human consummation? Without bees the pollination process that facilitates the transportation and exchange of pollen between flowers for reproduction.
From this fact, we are able to capture the important message, the wildlife is an important element that motorize the cycle of life . Once an element that chain different elements in the cycle is missing (in this case the bees), it would leave a big gap in the life cycle.