The more diverse a farm’s plant population, the more beneficial it is for bee pollinators, and the more efficiently those pollinators work.
The US Department of Agriculture has announced that it will no longer track honeybee populations or collect data for its Honey Bee Colonies Report. Data collection for the report from January 2018 through April of this year pointed to the worst honey bee hive loss on record, when beekeepers reported a 40% reduction in bee colonies last winter. But, in the absence of US federal funding, did you know solar energy is playing a growing role to save the bees?
Though they can sting, bees are not pests but our friends because they're prolific pollinators and a vital part of our eco and food systems. One third of the world's food supply is dependent on pollinators, mostly honeybees.
Hike around the natural habitats of San Diego County and it becomes abundantly clear that honey bees, foreign to the area, are everywhere. A new study by Keng-Lou James Hung, Jennifer Kingston, Adrienne Lee, David Holway and Joshua Kohn of UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, published on Feb. 20 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that honey bees focus their foraging on the most abundantly flowering native plant species, where they often account for more than 90 percent of pollinators observed visiting flowers.