Monday, September 19, 2011

Honeybees in the city

Honey bees in urban areas

By the urbanization have bees year after year more difficult to survive. It is also well under when looking in nature. And this has repercussions on the production of our food, the bees are indeed responsible for the pollination of many fruit crops.
Therefore more and more cultivated honeybees used in agriculture to meet the demand of food to maintain compliance.
Not only are bees important in the country (we are talking here about the solitary bees), in the city, these winged insects for pollination of flowers, shrubs and trees in parks, city gardens and even window boxes. The solitary bees make for pollinating 67% of all plants, without them, several species extinction.
It is therefore important that the bee population remains.

The (over) living solitary bees?

Soliltaire bees are bees that "as the name implies" living alone. They will not defend like wasp colonies and are therefore not aggressive. When a bee sting by the cross, the barbs stuck in the skin and dies by. So when it tries to avoid by just stabbing in extreme distress. They are also the only female bees stabbing. Moreover, the sting of many species of bees are not strong enough for the human skin stabbing. Unlike wasps. More information about wasps? Read the file wasp plague is coming.
It is important that honey bees from spring until the spring to gather enough nectar and pollen. The nectar provides them with energy, the pollen they need for their protein.
Moreover, they find flowering plants within a radius of 500 to 600 meters around their nest.

Actions for honey bees in the city

In large cities like London, Paris and Amsterdam have already been pilot projects to install beehives. Unlike the agriculture in the city less bee mortality due to pesticides used by agriculture, which is much less present in the city and bees can also quickly flowering plants found in gardens and parks. In the country turns more and more over to monocultures such as corn and potatoes, where the bee has no place.
More and more cities do not use chemical pesticides more in the maintenance of green parks, among other things, that's one reason why the bees begin to do better in cities.
Through the installation of hives in cities it seems that even a greater yield of stems and a smaller bee mortality.
 What can you do for the bees?

     Try a variety of flowering plants to provide, from early spring (eg willow) to fall, that way the bees are always fresh flowers in your neighborhood. Tropical plants are less suitable because they often have no stamens.
     Bees love to stay in insect hotels. These hotels are best directed to the south because bees will always find hot spots. Also, hollow stems of dead flowers the bees will dare stop. So if you have a quiet corner in the garden you can leave dead flowers.
     For homes that have no garden for bees to do something: Get flowering plants on a balcony or terrace. Plants that are ideal for bees include lavender, rosemary, Pentecostal flowers, dandelions and daisies ordinary. Climbers such as ivy or climbing hydrangea plants are also good for facade that much pollen and nectar supply.
     Some bees like to keep themselves in cracks and crevices, eg between tiles on the terrace. So try not to scrub the patio with bleach.

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