Honeybees are small insects with an enormous contribution to the ecosystem’s balance. They also prove themselves beneficial to humans, because they produce healthy honey. On the other hand, people seem to neglect the needs of the small insects.
As 2016 has been declared one of the hottest years on record, the dry summer took its toll on insects too. Because of the drought, plants didn’t have a good season. As a result, there were fewer flowers for bees to pollinate than they were used to.
Beekeepers complain because August should have been the season of goldenrod. The high temperatures didn’t allow the plant to develop properly, so now beekeepers are left without their annual supply of goldenrod honey. At the same time, honeybees are left without food supplies.
Another problem which menaces the longevity of hives is the difficulty of replacing queen bees. There are people who are in charge of raising and selling only queen bees, but the business doesn’t seem to go that well this year, either.
Queen bees are in charge of the fertility of the hive. They are the ones that use drones to mate and create working bees. If used for several periods, queens eventually lose their fertility and only produce drones, which are not productive for the hive. According to specialists and beekeepers, this type of hive is called a “dead hive.”
In addition to these issues, news from South Carolina announces that recent Zika spraying has accidentally killed millions of honeybees too. It seems like officials announced registered beekeepers that there was going to be a spraying against virus carrier mosquitoes, but they didn’t specify it would be an aerial operation. As a result, owners didn’t apply the proper safety measures to protect the insects.
As winter is getting closer and closer, bee owners are also concerned about how the honeybees will survive the cold and possible diseases. On top of it all, the insects may not have enough food for the cold season, as summer didn’t offer them much raw material.
Beekeepers are aware of the importance of the small creatures they care after. Their hard work makes flowers bear fruits, and they also produce honey in their hives. Nutritionists have agreed on several occasions on the beneficial effects of honey on people’s health. Although it contains sugar, the natural substances in honey can work wonders when it comes to calming the nerves or detoxifying your organism.
In order to raise awareness of all these benefits, but also on the threats against bees, Honeydrop Beverages started a campaign.
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