The good news is there are ways gardeners can help bee populations bounce back. Arguably, it is the most interesting parts of our diet that are reliant on bees and other pollinators for cross pollination. Surprisingly, a honey bee probably only produces a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its whole life.
And that is not to mention the huge range of manufactured food products made from all these ingredients.
The reason for this, Hung noted, is that in habitats where honey bees are present, they nevertheless fail to visit nearly half of all animal-pollinated plant species, on average.
We enjoy excellent crops of plums from our tree late summer, thanks to bees pollinating the flowers on the tree in early spring. Native bees tend to live alone in wood, gaps between rocks, the stems of some plants, and homes they have dug for themselves underground.
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They may yet be saving lives in very practical ways! It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.