Honey Bees In Human Society

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Honey bees play a significant and crucial role in human society. They are widely noted for provision of numerous products that can be used for many different things. Above all, however, honey bees are important pollinators in the agriculture industry. According to the USDA, honey bees pollinate about 80% of our flowering plant crops, which is one out of every three bites of food. Plants that are pollinated by insects such as honey bees are called "entomophilous". One worker bee is capable of visiting anywhere from 50 to 1000 flowers in a stretch or row, pollinating many important plants. This relationship is mutually beneficial, the plants are pollinated and can produce fruits and disperse more seeds, while the bees collect nectar for food…show more content…
These plants contribute to the food system by feeding animals, aside from humans such as birds and insects. If the food source for these animals was diminished or lost completely, it would cause the entire food chain to suffer. Also, about 80 percent of flower plants depend on pollination. If this process stops, not only do we have the potential to lose beautiful plants, but also food for us, birds, squirrels and all of the other animals that depend on plants for food. There is saying that “if the bees cease to exists, all life forms will be jeopardized” even humans, the realness of this saying is yet to be ascertained as there are still bees on earth and humans too. However, Humans depends on bees for so many things as they depend on us because majority of them utilizes human activity for their livelihood like pollens which is generated from flowers planted by human, though there are natural flowers but majority of their existence have been tampered with by humans. Beekeepers collect honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly from hives, bees are also kept to pollinate crops and to produce bees for sale to other…show more content…
Simple hives and smoke were used, jars of honey were found in the tombs of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun. It has been discovered that bees die after stinging, workers plays the role of evicting corpses from the hive, and guard it, castes including workers and non-working drones, but "kings" rather than queens, predators including toads and bee-eaters. Bees also play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in many ecosystems that contain flowering plants. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on pollination by insects, birds and bats, most of which is accomplished by bees, whether wild or domesticated. Contract pollination has overtaken the role of honey production for beekeepers in many countries. From 1972 to 2006, feral honey bees declined dramatically in the US, and they are now almost absent. The number of colonies kept by beekeepers declined slightly, through urbanization, systematic pesticide use, tracheal and Varroa mites, and the closure of beekeeping businesses. In 2006 and 2007 the rate of attrition increased, and was described as colony collapse disorder. In 2010 invertebrate iridescent virus and the fungus Nosema ceranaewere shown to be in every killed colony, and deadly in combination. Winter losses increased

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