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Bees – Anthophila

  • Status – Endangered
  • Estimated numbers – 20,000 known species
  • Population trend – Decreasing
  • Location – Global
  • Why are they under threat – Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors; pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. In the U.S. winter losses have commonly reached 30-50 percent. In 2006, David Hackenberg, a bee keeper for 42 years, reported a 90 percent die-off among his 3,000 hives.  National Agricultural Statistics show a honey bee decline from about 6 million hives in 1947 to 2.4 million hives in 2008, a 60 percent reduction.The number of working bee colonies per hectare provides a critical metric of crop health. In the U.S. among crops that require bee pollination—the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90 percent since 1962. The bees cannot keep pace with the winter die-off rates and habitat loss.
  • What can you do – Plant wild flower and pollination seeds, petition against pesticides and set up bee hotels in your garden. You can also apply pressure to governments if you visit  greenpeace and Support the Pollinator Recovery Act of 2016!
  • Species foundation – http://sos-bees.org

Image – Tee Byford

Image – Tee Byford

Image – Tee Byford

Image – Tee Byford

Image – Tee Byford

Image – Tee Byford

© Louis Masai 2016