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What's the Buzz about Bees?
We are hearing more about bees since the
Africanized Honeybee has
become a growing problem as it expands its
territory north into cities
and rural areas. But bees are fascinating in
their own right. And
there's something you probably don't know
about honey bees!
The following conversation with a bee
expert, Dave Green, took me by
surprise...and you might find it interesting,
"I do have a question about bees.
Somewhere I read that honeybees are
not native to the US. If that is true, what are/
were the native
pollinators prior to the honey bee's arrival?"
The European honeybee was brought here in
colonial times. There was a
tropical honeybee (that is still kept) in Central
and South America.
There are also about 2000 species of wild
solitary bees, and a half
dozen species of bumblebees.
Wild bees have suffered enormous losses
from pesticide misuse (as have
honeybees - some beekeepers driven out of
business). I was amazed at
the diversity of bees and population levels in
the (pesticide free)
Sonoran Desert in Arizona last year, when
we visited. It used to be
like that in South Carolina, but the bees have
But wild bees would not be sufficient for
modern agriculture, without
some kind of culture to increase the numbers
at bloom time. Even since
grandpa's day, times have change. It used to
be that a big watermelon
grower was one who grew 3-5 acres. Now a
big watermelon grower grows
hundreds of acres. Bees MUST be brought
in for such pollination
I used to think that there would always be
enough bees for small plots
and gardens. But I see many symptoms of
inadequate pollination in
these, as well.
"Has intensive agriculture (the use of acres
of only ONE kind of plant
vs. natural vegetation that mixes many kinds
of plants in a location)
created a need for more efficient
pollinators...thus the honeybee is
the prime choice?"
Yes. Also, many of our main food crops
were introduced -- apples for
example. Most native agriculture was based
on corn (maize), beans
(some of which do not need bees) and
squash/pumpkins, which were
pollinated by the little squash bees that are so
rare today. These
crops were called the "Three Sisters" by
Native Americans, and
provided a fairly good diet.
If you want to learn more about bees, I
recommend checking out Dave's
web site at
Remember to take a "nature break" for the
fun and wonder of it!
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Moths and Nightlights
Bees in the City
Insects are busy little critters
Earth's Most Successful Life Form
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