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The Ecology of Honeybees



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According to beekeepers, we would not be eating many fruits and vegetables without the pollinators that busily propagate plant species in their search for pollen. In the diverse and complicated ecosystem of plants, honeybees play a vital roll living in a symbiotic relationship where survival of both plant and bee is interdependent.

Plants attract bees by way of pollens with which wax and honey is manufactured within a honeybee hive. Dipping deeply into flowers and moving from plant to plant, honeybees transfer within the pollens what each flower requires in order to reproduce. The honey bee's primary commercial and ecological value is as a pollinator of plants in nature as well as crops in orchards and fields.

Honeybee products include honey for consumption and, thanks to some relatively new research medical use to promote healing and fight infections. Beeswax is used to manufacture products such as candles and watertight seals, royal jelly as a human dietry supplement while propolis (bee glue) is used by bees to seal cracks in their hive, and has reputed health benefits for humans.

The function of bees in the ecological system is a vital part of plant survival while also providing some important products for human use and consumption. For this reason it is important to nurture and provide for the needs of these important little industrial plants responsible for the future of so many other lifeforms on this planet of ours.

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