It is reported that across the world that the Bee population has dropped by over 40%.
But how did these bee hives die? Was it due to starvation? Due to poor summer conditions that prevented them from gathering sufficient honey to survive the winter. Was it because a cold spring prevented them collecting nectar in April? Perhaps they died because they had high levels of Varroa mites, or the mites caused a virus epidemic. Poor management, vandalism, robbing by wasps or other bee hives, and queen death can also kill hives.
Bee’s actually make a lot more than just honey and very significant in the terms of evolution. Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Bees either focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen depending on demand, especially in social species. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, especially the domesticated European honey bee. Contract pollination has overtaken the role of honey production for beekeepers in many countries. Monoculture and the massive decline of many bee species (both wild and domesticated) have increasingly caused honey bee keepers to become migratory so that bees can be concentrated in seasonally-varying high-demand areas of pollination.
So the problem could lead to an epidemic if a solution cannot be found.
Obviously once again Man has to be blamed with his stive for massive crops using pesticides, to increase profits but with what consequences. Where does evolution take us? What next for Man? What next for the Bumble Bee?