They DO NOT get caught by the DynaTrap
If we trapped Honeybees who would pollinate our gardens? DynaTrap does not capture things essential to society. And these guys are beyond essential!
Picture a world without honeybees. Having trouble? Let me help.
To put things in perspective, honeybees pollinate 70 of the 100 species of crops produced. These crops feed 90% of our world. If there are no honeybees to pollinate, crops will die. Then the animals who rely on those crops for food will die, followed by the animals that rely on those animals for food will die, and the trend will continue up the food chain. Honeybees extinction is the beginning of many other species extinction. It’s the start of a domino effect.
Verroa Mite-A parasite that only feeds and reproduces in a honeybee colony. These mites spread a virus to Apris mellifera, or European honeybees. Due to the trading of bees among humans, the mites were able to transfer from colony to colony. Just like humans, bees need health checks too. That way beekeepers can better regulate the spread of the disease given by the Verroa Mite.
The honeybee epidemic is severe. And it all starts at the hive. American Foulbrood, or AFB, is a bacterial disease that is effecting honeybee colonies everywhere. It is caused by the Paenibacillus larvae. This is an issue known worldwide. Usually, beekeepers lift the lids of their colonies home to find white, plump, healthy larvae. Instead they find brownish goo in its place. Scientist say AFB is a death sentence to bee colonies. There are some antibiotics but they aren’t always effective. When they don’t work, beekeepers have to set the whole colony on fire. If they don’t, there is risk of the infected colony infecting a healthy colony.
Another known crisis is the Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. CCD is when the majority of worker bees abandon the queen and the hive. Luckily, CCD has gone down dramatically in the last few years. In it’s heyday, between 2006-2007, beekeepers were noticing that they were losing between 30% to 90% of their hives in the winter time. An interesting find was that, although the worker bees left, they provided an abundant amount of honey and pollen for the queen and the adolescent bees abandoned in the hive. Even though the worker bees leave at least they care for the hive before departing!
How the DynaTrap doesn’t catch honeybees is simple. They aren’t attracted to CO2 or UV Light. That detail alone is why they don’t come near the traps. They are completely disinterested. And that’s exactly what we wanted from them.
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