|Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)|
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
North Little Rock, Arkansas
San Francisco, California
New Port Richey, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Burr Ridge, Illinois
Calvert City, Kentucky
Ocean Grove, Massachusetts
Central Lake, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
El Prado, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Nunda, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Lincoln, North Dakota
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Warwick, Rhode Island
Pittman Center, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Bainbridge Island, Washington
|Positive ||melody ||On Jul 24, 2006, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:
These bees are important for pollination and they are essential to orchards to ensure fruit.
Theu are social insects, living in large colonies. They choose hollow trees and sometimes unused structures for their hives. They are also quite content to live in hives constructed by beekeepers.
The life of the colony depends upon the Queen...the only fertile female, who is related to the whole community. There are workers, who harvest the pollen and take care of the Queen and the larvae, and drones who's purpose is to mate with the Queen.
The hive produces honey, which they feed upon...and most animals, humans included, like it too.
Honeybees can sting when agitated and while the sting isn't dangerous to most, some people can become quite ill from them.
|Neutral ||Hyblaean ||On Apr 8, 2007, Hyblaean from Niles, IL
(Zone 5b) wrote:
Honeybees are currently having a die off, for reasons not known, 2007:
|Positive ||UniversalGarden ||On Sep 11, 2008, UniversalGarden from Las Vegas, NV wrote:
On colony collapse disorder:
The marvelous Honeybee (Apis mellifera) since being domesticated by humans over 3000 years ago has been a guage for our own survival. Depending upon how well they survive in our care, a reflection is cast upon the quality and life giving forces that exist in the local environment. It is for us humans to closely observe and make accurate diagnosis of these conditions. If these insects are vanishing, then we, the care takers had better compose a list of questions as to why. . .
We can find the answers. . .
We can implement specific solutions that will make a difference. . .
We are their guardians!
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