Misunderstood Animals: Bee Edition

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The Bee

 

Introduction

For a long time, I was very afraid of bees. Whenever I saw a bee, I would move away from it as fast as I could, trying to avoid their sting. However, as I’ve learned more and more about bees, I’ve started to appreciate them a lot more. Bees pollinate so much more than I once thought, bees don’t really attack people, and bees can even be trained.

Bees Pollinate So Much

Bees are probably most important for their pollination. They pollinate so much, and we are constantly eating foods that depend on bees.  Writers at Premier Tech, a website dedicated to gardens, insects, and products that are environmentally friendly and help stop the harm caused to insects like bees have reported, “Bees earn their reputation as busy workers by pollinating billions of plants each year, including millions of agricultural crops. In fact, pollinators like bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat.”  It’s crazy how out of every three bites of food we eat, a bee had a major role in making that food. As the number of bees decreases drastically year after year, if we don’t stop hurting bees soon, then billions of plants will suffer. We shouldn’t be afraid of bees and instead should stop doing things that can potentially harm them.   

Bees Don’t Want to Attack You

Bees don’t really attack humans unless they feel they need to stay alive. Bees actually die once they sting because their stingers get stuck in human skin. Bees, just like spiders, scare a lot of people because they think that they’re just going to attack for no reason. This is not the case, though, because bees are also very afraid of you, and won’t attack you unless it’s necessary. Debbie Hadley, an expert on entomology with 25 years as a science educator at ThoughCo writes that “If bees come near you, stay calm… Remember, bees don’t sting for fun. They do so only when they feel threatened or are defending their nests. In most cases, bees will choose flight over fight.” Bees sting as a defense mechanism. They don’t enjoy or want to sting you, but will if they need to. This is why when you are near a bee, you shouldn’t freak out and try to hit it because you are a lot more likely to get stung.

Wildlife Habitats Thrive Because of Bees

Bees are crucial because they pollinate our food, and they also pollinate so much more than just what we eat. They pollinate food that other animals eat, and they even pollinate trees that are homes to other species. In fact, people at Premier Tech add that “Many tree species, like willows and poplars, couldn’t grow without pollinators like bees. Even your own garden serves as a home for hundreds of tiny creatures, from birds and squirrels to thousands of tiny insects. If bees disappeared, the animals that depend on these plants for survival would vanish as well.” So many creatures depend on trees for shelter and homes that bees vanishing could mean the end for a lot of species. Whenever you see a tree, there’s a good chance that a creature has lived in it or is living in it. Now, imagine all of those trees were to disappear because bees were no longer pollinating them, all of those creatures wouldn’t have a home anymore.

Conclusion

Bees are suffering and are dying at a rapid pace because of us and the things we do. Whenever we use pesticides, kill a bee, or destroy bees hives, then we are killing and hurting more and more bees that we rely on every day. Plus these negative ideas about bees aren’t helping change the minds of people who cause the most harm. It is clear that bees are super important to our entire planet. We would be missing out on so much without bees. Animals wouldn’t be able to survive, our planet’s health wouldn’t be as great, and we would suffer as well without bees. 

 

Information about this blog

Did you enjoy this blog? Tune in next week to read about the next misunderstood animal. I won’t name the animal, but I will list three facts below, that could potentially help you, but might let you learn something new:  

  1. This creature was named for its hands.
  2. One of our presidents kept this animal as a pet.
  3. They live almost anywhere in the world.

Links:

Source 1: https://www.thoughtco.com/do-bees-die-after-they-sting-you-1968055

Source 2: http://www.pthomeandgarden.com/5-ways-bees-are-important-to-the-environment/#:~:text=5%20Ways%20Bees%20are%20Important%20to%20the%20Environment,4%20Wild%20Plant%20Growth.%20…%205%20Pollination.%20