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Tayler McKenzie

Mr. Vyvial

ENGL 1302

12 April 2017

Save the Bees

Our world is filled with color and rich in biologically diverse animals and plants, all of

which can be traced back to the hard work of the average honey bee. Though small, the impact

these insects have on the rest of the environment is massive. Bees are immensely important.

Ninety percent of all flowering plants depend on honey bees for pollination, without which,

would not have the ability to reproduce or be a dependable food source for other animals. The

very existence of the honey bee is of the utmost importance to ecological stability, yet they are in

a steady decline due to habitat loss and the use of deadly insecticides. The depletion of the honey

bee population is a global issue that is in dire need of being addressed, as numerous dangerous

repercussions have been apparent.

There are many things contributing to the decline of honey bees and the first is habitat

loss. As the human population continues to expand and grow, so does the need for space. Various

farms and landscapes are being destroyed to make room for new structures, and the natural

resources that honey bees need to survive are being destroyed with them. Without an abundant

food source, the bees are slowly declining. Another factor that is effecting the honey bees and is

arguably the most impactful is the use of bee killing insecticides. Farmers have been utilizing

certain insecticides that have been proven to have negative effects on the bees that accidentally

ingest them. These insecticides can affect the bees psychologically and have been proven to
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increase the time it takes a single bee to reach adulthood. This reduces the amount of new bees

that are being produced and means they are dying quicker than they are being born. The toxins

are also affecting the bees on a neurological level by disrupting their learning processes and

making it increasingly difficult for them to recognize various flowers. It is common for the

affected bees to even forget where their hive is, end up lost, and die on their first trip away. The

insecticides have even been proved to weaken the immune system of honey bees which makes

them more susceptible to deadly diseases and pathogens and results in their ultimate demise.

These factors are serious, as four species of honey bees have declined by ninety six percent,

seven have been placed on the endangered list, and three others are now considered extinct. If

something is not done to reverse the effects that habitat loss and the use of insecticides has had

on the state of the honey bees, the outcomes could be catastrophic to our ecological stability.