Disappearing Bees.doc - Disappearing Bees Destany Raine College of the Desert ROUGH DRAFT Bees do have a smell you know and if they don't they should

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Disappearing Bees Destany Raine College of the Desert March 19, 2014 ROUGH DRAFT “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers” (Bradbury, 1957). The bee is an incredible creature and an important asset to life on earth. “Bees reside on every continent aside from Antarctica (Langworthy, 2011).” Bees obtain their food from the nectar of flowers. As they move from flower to flower they obtain nectar for themselves, subsequently pollinating the various plants they visit. “In fact, approximately 15 percent of the food Americans eat comes directly from honeybee pollination. Another 15 percent comes from animals that eat foods that bees pollinate meaning that over one third of the food that Americans eat currently requires honeybee pollination (Wilson, 2013).” Today the United States grows more crops, which require bees for pollination, than ever before. Around seven years ago however, it was reported that the honeybee had began disappearing in vast amounts. Beekeepers everywhere were discovering that their bees had vanished suddenly leaving no explanation as to the cause. The bees have been disappearing for a collection of reasons including pesticide use, changes in crop production, stress caused to

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