Bees affect ecosystems

by Kaden Van Wyngarden/kadvanw23@pceagles.org

Honeybee populations have been slowly increasing over the years, but they could be at risk of endangerment. Their biggest problem is the varroa mite, an invasive blood sucking parasite.

You cannot be a beekeeper that doesn’t have problems with varroa mites, they are present in every hive,” says beekeeper graduate Megan Eveland. 

The positive effect of bees on our world is more than most people realize. Albert Einstein has been known to have said that humans wouldn’t survive more than four years without bees.

Anyone can do something to help bees from being endangered. Sophomore Anna Eveland said, “You can support local bee farms and businesses, this can encourage others to preserve and care for bees.”

The hives that honeybees live in are boxes with frames covered in hexagon shaped wax.  The bees live by crops so they can pollinate them. Honeybees have different needs depending on the time of year, but the work is manageable according to Megan Eveland who said, “This sounds like a lot of responsibility, but for the most part bees do their own thing.”

The bees eat honey and bread, which they mix together to provide enough protein and carbohydrates. They use this to feed their young as well. They also eat sugar water. “

“The food I feed would not be healthy as their main food source, but it does help ensure they have extra energy at periods when they need it most,” says Megan Eveland.

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