Love our Kiwi bees
September is Bee Aware Month in New Zealand!
When I watch the honeybees from my hive happily buzzing around the flowers in my garden I can’t imagine a world without them.
But the reality is that the hardworking honeybee is under direct threat worldwide and here in New Zealand from the dreaded varroa mite.
One third of our food production relies on pollination by honeybees and pollinating insects. Without them to perform this vital role in our food chain most of the vegetables, fruit, nuts and honey we enjoy could be gone forever.
As honeybees go about their business of gathering nectar from flowers, pollen sticks to their legs and body so when they move from flower to flower fertilisation (also called pollination) takes place.
International studies also suggest that overuse of chemicals and narrowing of commercial crop varieties are also impacting directly on the honeybee.
To find out more about the challenges facing bees read my blog.
What we can do to help...