Save The Bees Myth?


Why the honey bee ‘apocalypse’ is based on a lie

“We are not headed for a world without bees,” he told The Post. “But it’s more titillating to shout that the sky is falling than to understand the real story.” 

Article link: https://nypost.com/2021/09/18/why-the-honey-bee-apocalypse-is-based-on-a-lie/


6 Misconceptions About Saving the Bees

Yet honeybees (Apis mellifera) are just one species of more than 100,000 invertebrate species that pollinate plants

Article link: https://www.americanscientist.org/blog/macroscope/6-misconceptions-about-saving-the-bees


Myth: Beekeeping is needed to conserve pollinator populations.

However, domesticated honeybees typically only perform a fraction of the ecosystem services as native pollinators, and often not as efficiently since they are not naturally “tailored” to the local ecosystems. 

Article link: https://www.truthordrought.com/beekeeping-for-conservation-myths


You’re Worrying About the Wrong Bees

Solitary bees are the most common type of wild bee; they don’t live in a hive. A female bee usually makes a hole in the ground or in a hollow stem

Article link: https://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/


Honeybees are voracious’: is it time to put the brakes on the boom in beekeeping?

But there is growing concern from scientists and experienced beekeepers that the vast numbers of honeybees, combined with a lack of pollinator-friendly spaces, could be jeopardising the health and even survival of some of about 6,000 wild pollinators across the UK.

Article link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/24/this-only-saves-honeybees-the-trouble-with-britains-beekeeping-boom-aoe


Native bees often better pollinators than honey bee

Since the early ’90s, bumble bees have been commercially produced for tomato greenhouse production and in a number of outdoor crops where honey bees are not the most effective pollinator. Like blueberries and cranberries.

Article link: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/news/native-bees-often-better-pollinators-honey-bee


Can you beelieve?! Our guide to native bees

There are lots of great reasons to look after our native bees. Just like the European honeybee, native bees are proficient pollinators. 

Article link: https://blog.csiro.au/can-you-beelieve-our-guide-to-native-bees/