Mother bees, the only non-human vertebrate that can reproduce through asexual reproduction, have been undergoing a crisis of the mother bee population.
As many as 1,400 bee colonies have been lost in the last few years, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Florida.
Beekeepers are now scrambling to find ways to save the bees and ensure their survival.
But that won’t happen without a solution.
As the bee population continues to decline, some researchers are now arguing that beekeepers need to reevaluate the whole beekeeping industry, including the whole concept of honey bees.
In this exclusive interview with National Geographic, the lead author of the new study, Daniel G. Shih, talks to me about the role of bees in the modern world, the implications of the global collapse on honey bees, and what we can learn from bees to better understand the nature of death and dying in the wild.
So, how are the bees doing?
How are the honey bees doing in the honeybee crisis?
Honey bees are doing well, though not well enough.
The global population of honeybees is declining by more than 80 percent.
That means that they’re losing more and more.
And the reason that they are losing more is that they have fewer resources.
There are fewer bees.
So they’re not producing the honey that they need to survive.
What we are seeing in the U.S. is a big increase in beekeepers being able to take over beekeeping, because they can keep the bees.
It’s actually not very difficult to do.
So the question becomes, what are we going to do?
What do we do to make sure that the honeybees have all of the resources they need?
How can we ensure that they survive?
It’s not just the bees that are dying out.
It is also the population of bees that they rely on for their food and for their pollination, for pollination that provides them with their basic survival needs.
We’ve seen that in many other ecosystems.
The loss of pollinators is a major threat to a lot of plants and animals, and there are many other things that we can do to protect them.
What is the role for humans?
One of the things that’s been overlooked in the discussion about the bee crisis is that humans have been part of the crisis.
We have an important role to play in it, and we have an enormous number of people who work in beekeeping that are working on ways to protect the bees in some way.
We also need to understand that bees are not all-powerful, that they really do have a limited lifespan, and that they do have some limitations.
What about climate change?
Are there any other threats that we need to be thinking about?
There’s been a lot in the past few years of studies on the impact of climate change on bees.
And they’ve found that bees, for the most part, are not really doing well in that climate change.
For example, honey bees are being destroyed by drought, and they’ve been really hit hard by a number of different types of weather-related diseases.
But when you look at the overall honeybee population, it’s actually pretty stable, because bees don’t die out and are still able to breed.
So even though we’re losing bees, we’re also losing other kinds of pollination services.
And in general, when there are fewer honeybees, other pollinators are also going to suffer a lot.
In the wild, bees have a lot more opportunities to pollinate flowers, which means more food and water and better nutrition.
So it’s important that we understand what we’re facing, and where we are going.
What are some of the other threats to the beekeeping business?
For the beekeeper, there’s a lot to be concerned about.
There’s a global shift to a commercial industry.
And that’s a big shift that is going to have a big impact on bees in many different ways.
The most obvious thing that we’ve seen is the shift of bees to commercial agriculture, and the increase in pesticides that are used in agriculture.
That’s really putting bees at risk, because these are the same chemicals that are killing bees in honey bees and in other species.
What do you see as the biggest threats to honey bees?
In the bee business, there are two major threats to beekeeping: pests and diseases.
The main threat to honeybees right now is the honey bee virus, which is very destructive to bees.
The virus can be transmitted from one beekeeper to another.
And it has a pretty wide spread, with viruses that have been around for hundreds of years, and are actually very difficult for people to detect.
So in the future, the best way to protect bees in general is to be more careful when you buy honey.
It doesn’t mean that you can’t buy honey that is free of the virus.
It means that you should take a look at what the price is