The Problem with Honey Bees

The Problem with Honey Bees

“People mistakenly think keeping honey bees, or helping honey bees, is somehow helping the native bees, which are at risk of extinction.\" After introduction in northern Patagonia, nonnative bumble bees and honey bees overtook the native bees as the most frequent floral visitors, but this had no effect on the native bees’ actual visitation rates. Even with this boost of forage, there is sometimes still not enough to go around amongst honey bees, let alone native bees. If it was this hard to keep my honey bees healthy, I’m not sure I can bear to think about the wild bees. While this may have happened in some cases, evidence is mounting that misguided enthusiasm for honey bees has likely been to the native bees’ detriment.

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