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Bees Giving a Flight Grief! Endangered Honeybees!

04 Aug 15
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Bees Giving a Flight Grief! Endangered Honeybees!

Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers Association - Bee on the wing of a plan causing a flight delayThere was a swarm of bees that essentially decided to try to make an airplane home and delayed a flight.  Initially, these bees were found in the cargo hold of a flight in Kolkata, India and after they were chased out, then they were back this time nesting on the cockpit window.  The bee then decided to swarm the front passenger steps and the passenger door to enter the plane. Endangered honeybees will often swarm if there is not enough room in the home or there are irritants there.

There are no honeybees currently listed as endangered species list, although several Hawaiian yellow-faced, hilaris-bees are being considered for the designation. Honeybees, which are different from bumble bees and are widely used in agricultural production, have also experienced significant die-off. Thus, they are considered endangered honeybees.

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Although, not on the endangered species list bees are endanger and rightly should be protected. A Beekeeper should always be called to help get honeybees relocated. Often in situations like this it is necessary to bring in a trained and experienced Beekeeper to assure the bees are safely removed.  In this case, the honeybees more than likely swarmed to another spot to better fit their needs. Typically, a honeybee will look for a dry, spacious spot to allow them plenty of room grow and reproduce. Bees swarms often include about 20,00 – 40,000 species. Most are solitary in behavior but roughly 1,000 have an advanced social behavior. Honeybee is one of the four distinct species in the genus Apis and it is the most known social bee but also endangered honeybees.


A worker honeybee stays inside the hive for about three weeks before becoming an active forager. The tasks of the honeybee in the hive changes as the bee gets older. For the remaining one to three weeks of her life after she leaves the hive, she collects nectar and pollen from flowers. Plant resins are also gathered to consolidate the hive.


Most crops (about 70 – 85 percent) are used today require pollination to develop fruits, nuts and seeds but pollinators like endangered honeybees. It is estimated those crops account for one trillion dollars in annual sales of agriculture products around the globe. Examples of common crops depending on bee pollination include broccoli, blueberry, cherry, apple, and cucumbers.


Since wild insects have decline worldwide mostly in part due to habitat destruction and pesticide use, farmers use the European bee for pollination. The European bee can be transported in boxes caring thousands of bees from crop to crop. These must be inspected to be brought into Pennsylvania.


Many countries around the world have documented a great decline in the number of bee populations including China, Brazil, North America, and Europe. The reasons of such troubling decline is not really known but pesticides, poor nutrition, viruses, parasite Varroa mites, and stress are often mentioned as the likely causes of endangered bees.  At the same time, Beekeepers are scrambling to keep vegetables and fruits as abundant as they used to be.


Pollinators like bees have always been taken for granted but until recently we finally realize preserving honeybees and other pollinators are essential for our economy and we are deeply dependent on them, although, they are endangered honeybees.


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