What Would Happen if Honey Bees Disappeared? (Video)

Although we don’t entirely know why, bees are disappearing. While scientists have several theories as to why this might be happening, the overarching conclusion is that widespread impact will occur as the bee population dwindles. Some theories about the disappearance of bees include parasites called varroa mites that weaken the bee by sucking fluid from their bodies. It’s hard to kill these mites without also harming the bees, making this a particularly hard problem to navigate. Bees also need plenty of food and water to survive; but with human population growth their access to clean water and plants may be limited.

There are several things we can do to help bees stick around. Supporting local beekeepers by buying their honey products is one way to make sure that they have the resources to help their hives survive. Another helpful strategy is planting blooming plants. Not only does this provide bees with the pollen they need, but it’s also great motivation to have a beautiful garden. However, when planting anything it is important to avoid insecticide dusts as well as any neonicotonoid pesticides. Both of these can get carried back to the hive.

In 1988, there were five million hives. Today, there are 2.5 million. While we aren’t entirely sure why so many colonies are collapsing, we can be sure that the loss of bees would change the world.

To see what other effects the loss of bees would have as well as what may be causing the decline, watch the video from Kurzgesagt and The Nova Project.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

I miss the bees, though I saw more this year than in the last several.

John B.
John B4 years ago

Thanks Ashlyn for the post and great video. Not just honey bees but all bees are declining at an alarming rate. Along with my vegetable garden, I have butterfly, bee and hummingbird friendly plants in my yard.

Karen F.
Karen P4 years ago

"Hey it's what the people are saying
It's what the people are saying
Hell, there ain't no berries on the trees
Hey, that's what the people are saying, no berries on the trees
You're checking out the honey baby
You had to go killing all the bees"
Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

Else G.
Else G4 years ago

Jan here are a few things to plant. Bees love heather flowers. My hosta flowers are full of bees. Corn flowers and other wildflowers. Leave the dandelions to bloom they are a favourite of bees. Clover, My California Lilac is full of bees when it is in bloom. I hope that helps

Dave C.
David C4 years ago


Joemar Karvelis
Joemar K4 years ago


Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Rachel Nichols
Rachel Nichols4 years ago


Teresa W.
Teresa W4 years ago