Here Comes the Bees!

Abigail Teeter, Contributor

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During winter everyone always dreams about summer and can’t wait till it gets warmer, but when spring turns to summer it brings everything that comes with it. With spring and summer comes the heat, which brings life back to everything, but one thing that it brings back that makes everyone sort of regret wanting summer and to start longing for cooler temperatures are all the annoying insects, including bees.

Bees come out every year right at the middle of spring when all the tree’s buds start sprouting leaves and the flowers start popping up. There always seems to be bees everywhere you look. There are estimated to be about 20,000 known species of bees throughout the world. But in New York there only happens to be an estimated total of about 416 species. “We estimate that there are a total of 416 bee species in New York state. Our most common (and speciose) genera are Andrena, Lasioglossum, Nomada, Sphecodes, Megachile, Colletes, Osmia, Hylaeus, Melissodes, Bombus, and Coelioxys” (Cornell University: College of Agriculture and Life Science).

Bees are not all bad though, even though some may sting or attack you from time to time, some species are actually very beneficial to us. One of the species of bee that we benefit from is the Honey bee; it pollinates our flowers and in return makes honey, which we can take and eat. Bumble bees also pollinate, but on Jan. 11, 2017 the Bumble Bees were put on the endangered species list. “The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.” You wouldn’t think so, but we actually need some of the species of bees.

Even if we find some bees a little intimidating, just remember that we can actually benefit from having them around, even if we have to keep a good distance away from them.

 

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