Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How Be Good To Bees?

This is an issue that should not only concern me but needs to concern the human race. This may sound sound harsh but it is the truth, let me explain. Think of the world as one body full of living things that all work with each other to keep the body a working functional body. If one or more of these living things that helps bring nutrition to the body happens to die out well it effects the others now there is nothing doing the job that was being done to help keep the body in check. Now every living thing in the body scrambles to try and cover them spots but they can not because they were not made to do them jobs so now with out the nutrition other living things die out as well and the body starts to break down eventually resulting a dead body. The same effect is happening to earth with bees going missing there is less and less bees to pollinate our very foods we eat. Where does milk comes from? Cows give milk right but why can a cow give milk? Bees help pollinate the food cows eat keeping the cows healthy so they can give milk. Did you know that bees pollinate broccoli, carrots, avocados, apples, pears, tangerines, pumpkins, soybeans, peaches, squash, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, even almonds and that's just a fraction of the food the bees pollinate. Without bees all this will start to diminish, not cool.

Why are the bees disappearing? Pesticides being sprayed on fields and crops are known to be a big factor and mites, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and disease are also factors but there is usually evidence in those cases so where are the bees swarming off to without a sign? Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a term used to label this terrible happening. There are a lot of scientists on the case but is still not totally clear as to why exactly bees are deserting their hives without a trace. One thing is starting to come clear though that is a major danger to bees which is the zombie fly and has been killing off bumblebees, honey bees and other flying insects. Ramesh Sagili (a scientist from the Oregon State University) is one scientist that has been keeping close watch for afflicted bees and had found a dead one belly up one morning on a sidewalk. Noticing this Sagili had taken it back to the lab and placed it in a vial. Four days later seven larvae had crawled out of the neck of the bee after the head fell off. Three weeks later one of the larvae had grown into a zombie fly. Zombie fly is a name used for this type of fly because of the zombie like behavior that takes place from the host after eggs are laid in their abdomen and the gruesome death handed to them, the real name is Apocephalus borealis. The zombie fly will land on a bee then penetrate it in order to lay eggs in the bee's abdomen. The bee starts to react strangely to this for example, by taking night flights when they should be home in bed resulting in death because leaving the hive at night is suicide and they are smarter than that so it really messes with their mind, it would mine too. These bees have been found laying underneath street lights, that kind of thing. Not that the bees never had enough stress in their lives now this. Could this be a link to the colony collapse disorder? It is still to early to tell but i think it is a good break through and always remember to be nice to bees.

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