How is climate change affecting the bees?

There has recently been a huge production of articles all over the web about animals being hurt by climate change. Animals, however, are not the only victims of the rapidly changing climate, insects are also being affected, especially one very important insect in particular: Bees.

Even without climate change, bees have a huge list of problems ranging from children stomping their brains out, to parasites killing huge populations of them. As if the bees didn’t have enough problems already, climate change is now affecting the bees more than ever. One major problem is the bees hibernation schedule. When bees are in hibernation they rely on nature’s cues to signal if spring has arrived yet. Right now, bees are becoming confused, emerging from their winter homes early expecting to see an abundance of flowers only to be faced with a meadow covered in frost.

Bees are insects, which to most people means that they are disgusting pests that need to be eliminated. However, what most people aren’t realizing is that without bees humans would never be able to thrive. Imagine that the news just announced that bees all around the world have officially gone extinct. The first few months would not be so bad, but after awhile when you walk into your local grocery store expecting to see the common array of fruits and other produce, you see nothing. The reason for this is because all around the world a variety of trees, flowers, bushes, and other plant species are all starting to wither and die. This is what would happen without the bees pollinating all the Earth’s plants.

Pollination is crucial to the survival of the vegetation on Earth, luckily for us bees are pollinators. Bees are the main pollinators which means without them, you can not have sustained plant life here on Earth. Sure there are other pollinators like the bat, butterflies, beetles, birds, and other species, but bees are the ultimately most important pollinators. Without them we simply can not survive.