Portraits of Resilience

Too Many Bees, Not Enough Honey

Bees, bees everywhere. The number of bees in Samoa has increased, however most of them are dying. What’s to blame? Can we blame climate change for that?

Can we blame climate change for bees dying?

Bees, bees everywhere. The number of bees in Samoa has increased, however most of them are dying. What’s to blame? Can we blame climate change for that?

Bill Moore, a beekeeper, said he has way too many bees due to way too many “false triggers”. A false trigger is when a flower opens up and lets the scent of pollen go out and then closes because it is not the right temperature. Now because the temperature is changing the flowers are opening 1-3 months before and after September. The flowers used to always open in September.

The pollen has a scent which only the queen bee can smell and once she smells it she starts laying eggs -- approximately 3,000 a day. Which is way too many bees. But just because there’s a lot of bees doesn’t mean there’s a lot of honey. Due to climate change, the temperature is not right for the flowers to open. Therefore the bees can’t make honey.

I hope understand what I am trying to tell you but to sum it all up into one sentence, I must say it seems climate change is the main cause for bees dying.

— Letava Tafunai (Thompson)

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