California Wild Bees

The honey bee population in California has been experiencing a substantial Colony Collapse Disorder. This is where the worker bees leave the hive, and do not return. This leaves the Queen and Nurse bees to care for a whole colony of immature bees and larvae without having sufficient food for the duration of the nursing process.

Wild bees can attempt to pick up the pollination job that is being lost through Colony Collapse Disorder but they too are dying off at steady rates largely due to the use of certain types of pesticides and in particular, neonicotinoids. Here pictured are golden yarrows and wild geraniums that appear flourishing on a beautiful Spring day in Gilroy California. The Central Valley and Coastal section of this area is famous for its agricultural cultivation and output.

 

4 thoughts on “California Wild Bees

    1. Thank you Melisa for sharing this article and raising what will inevitably become an ethical dilemma with farming practices in the years to come. Big business with heavily invested interests in food production will certainly lean towards controlling their agricultural and manufacturing output as much as possible. This may be one way to help meet specific targets and quotas. We should be very concerned though, that this does nothing to support our now heavily fragmented ecosystems that have been damaged from widespread pesticide and neoinoctinoid use that has swept western society in support of a food industry that cares only of output and meeting demand. I have not seen the show but I understand that is the theme; control and manipulation by those with means, of even the most natural, innocent and authentic lifesystems that have existed only to benefit the natural resources of this planet. It’s troubling indeed.

  1. Many students and adults are not aware of the integral role bees play in allowing them to serve the fresh fruits and vegetables onto their plates everyday. So how can we educate people? How can we offer workshops for teachers, students and parents so that they can take action in their communities? How can we support communities to build pollinator gardens and help them see the fruits of their labour?

    1. Hi Harshini,
      Your questions are so important. You are right, we must begin to take action to encourage pollination practices and there’s really no better way than through education. Our youth are the people that will benefit from the impact that we make today on our environment. We are moving towards a better understanding and movements like the Bee City Schools Program will spread knowledge as it continues to extend into our Canadian schools. I believe that we are learning more about the importance of pollination today because the general public are becoming more aware of role as conservationists vs consumers. Let’s use our roles as teachers to encourage school communities and build gardens. We should get students outside whenever possible.

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