The Honey Bees Are An Important Species Essay

1614 Words Oct 7th, 2015 7 Pages
It’s no question that the honey bees are an important species. They are by far the most well-known pollinators, and if they ever were to go extinct, we would say good-bye to crops such as almonds, apples, avocados, and oranges (Good). Beekeepers in North America have noticed a rapid decline in their honey bee populations since 2006 (Hagopian). I spoke with two beekeepers, Tommy McCaffrey and Roy Clingon in Purvis, Mississippi, who gave me their insight on why the honey bee population has been declining in recent years. For my field research, I went to the homes of both Mr. McCaffrey and Mr. Clingon. At Mr. McCaffrey’s house, I was able to look inside several beehives. I saw thriving bee hives with a strong population and weaker bee hives with a low population. I got to taste the honey right from the honeycombs, and I watched a bee pupa hatch from its cell. However, right off the bat, Mr. McCaffrey let me know that I wouldn’t learn much about why the bees are dying from looking inside the hives. When asked, Mr. McCaffrey and Mr. Clingon both told me that no one really knows why the bees are dying, but through my research I found out that it’s mainly attributed to a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Colony Collapse Disorder happens when all of the bees in a hive suddenly die, or when the worker bees leave the hive and abandon their queen. It is currently unknown what exactly causes the disorder, though it’s more than likely a mixture of different things like…

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