The Economic And Agricultural Impacts Of Their Disappearance Essay

2350 Words Dec 11th, 2014 10 Pages
It is necessary to produce about one-third of the food that humans eat. No, it is not high fructose corn syrup, but pollination by honeybees. Brad Plumer of the Washington Post quotes, “The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that ‘out of some 100 crop species, which 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee pollinated.’ Around the World, these crops are worth at least $207 billion.” One fact even more bizarre is that honeybees are disappearing and no one seems to know for sure why. Despite their highly evolved and complex anatomy and colony life, honeybees are susceptible to environmental and manmade threats. The economic and agricultural impacts of their disappearance are far-reaching. Honeybees have an incredibly unique anatomy with several irreplaceable parts, each with a special purpose. There are three major parts to a bee’s body: the head, thorax, and abdomen (Gary 22). The head has three prominent parts in the proboscis, mandible, and eyes. The proboscis is a straw-like tube that is used to collect nectar from flowers and is also used to feed their young. The mandible is the jaw of the honeybee. This helps them bite and pack pollen as well as shape was for building honeycomb. Honeybees have five eyes—two large compound eyes and three ocelli used to detect light intensity. A worker bee’s eyes have nearly 7,000 lenses (Walsh 28). The thorax is the mid-section of the bee’s body. This part includes the front legs and the wings. The legs have brushes that…

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