Bees are needed to pollinate crops that feed the world’s growing population.
Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, more than 70 percent are pollinated by bees, the U.N. report said.
It takes 500 trips to a flower to create 1 teaspoon of honey if bees can steal it they will. The problem is that if a colony is treated with insecticide all the bees will die and the honeycomb then gets contaminated. This then becomes a seriously damaging situation, other bees steel the honey and fly it back to their colony which will kill the bees when they eat it.
If the bees robbing the honey are from beekeepers hives, the insecticide can be transferred into honey intended for human consumption which is not a safe situation and one we all need to be worried about. The legislation states that this must not be done and can result in fines of £25,000.
Please see the bee identification page to see the difference between wasps and honeybees.