Bees and Pollination: Honey bees contribute to nature and humans including other animals. The national economy and National GDP ( gross domestic product) are seriously depending on pollination, 80% of which is come from honey bees. So, honey bee contribution has a great impact on the development of any country. Learn more about Bees and Pollination: Bee Pollination, Honeybee Contribution, and Threats.
What does honeybee contribute?
Pollination: Honey bee greatly influences agriculture through pollination. 80% of pollination is completed by honey bees and another 20% is done by other insects. If there is no honey bee, what will be happened in agriculture? We will not get enough crop and vegetable to feed our people.
Pollen– Honey bee picks up 66 lbs pollen for a hive per year. Honey bees eat pollen as foods. Pollen is famous as the richest and purest natural food. They bring pollen into the hive with their body and legs. Pollen extractor is used to extract pollen from the hive and kept for the offseason when lack of flowers in nature.
Honey– Honey bees collect nectar from flower-trees and plants. Then they make honey from nectar. They also eat honey as their food.
Beeswax– Men use beeswax for preparing cosmetics, drugs, candles, furniture polish, etc. Beeswax is secreted from glands. Honey bees use it for making their honeycomb.
Propolis– Men use it for health and furniture varnishes. Bees collect propolis from trees and use it for repairing their hive.
Royal jelly- An especial chemical from a gland in a nursing bee’s head is mixed with honey or nectar and digested pollen. Then royal jelly is made of these elements. Royal jelly is a powerful and milky substance. It turns into an ordinary bee. Next, the ordinary bee turns into a queen bee. The royal jelly is full of vitamin B.
Bee venom– Bee venom is the “ouch” part of the honeybees. Bee venom is used as therapy for various diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, MS and neuralgia. Beekeepers always should try to avoid bee sting.
Threats for honeybee
There are many problems for honey bees, such as mites, diseases, urbanization, and Africanized bees. Hornets and some types of small birds are also enemies of honey bees. They catch and kill honey bees and when they kill a queen bee it’s a very bad situation for the respective colony.
Mites: Various mites like Varroa and Tracheal are very harmful to beekeeping. These mites are decreasing the honeybee’s production in the USA very rapidly. 40% of honey bees are died by these mites. Learn more about the Varroa Mites Treatment and save your beehives. Also, learn here about other honeybee diseases. Read and learn more and more to keep your bees healthy.
Urbanization: Trees and woods are the main sources of honey bees. But, for the development of urbanization, the forests are decreasing day by day. So, the honey bees are losing their living places. Sometimes we see hives on different parts of the building.
Diseases: Honey bees are also threatened by various diseases like Foul Brood and Nosema. These diseases can be managed by proper beekeeping. Africanized bees: Africanized bees are so-called killer bees. It gets more popularity with media. For this negative publicity, many are lost their eagerness to beekeeping.
Sources of information:
01. Bee Journal,
02. Experience of own Beekeeping project,
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