Bee's and Butterflies Close to Extinction (Group)
Bees and butterflies are an essential element of nature. They pollinate our food, and without them, we wouldn't be able to have the food that we do. Now, there's a noticeable decline in the amount of bees and butterflies. The number of butterflies that fly to Mexico from Canada is the lowest it has ever been. There have been less and less beehives found around the world. What is the cause?
Since 2006, beekeepers have been noticing a rapid decrease of the honeybee population. In the last half decade alone, 30% of the national bee population has disappeared, and nearly one-third has died.
The honey bees extinction is blamed on pesticides, multiple viruses, destruction of habitat, poor nutrition, and genetics. A study last year found 35 pesticides and fungicides in the pollen collected from bees that were used to pollinate food in five states in America.
Since 1990, about 970 million monarch butterflies have vanished. Monarch butterflies face several threats from their journey to Mexico from North America, but their has never been such a huge decrease in the animal.
The monarch butterflies, as a caterpillar, depends on the milkweed plant for it's basic nutrients. Over the past, there has been a huge decline in the number of milkweed plants. With the number of milkweed plants already low, it doesn't help that farmers are now spraying milkweed plants with pesticides, killing the caterpillars when they eat off of them. Although this reason is not scientifically proven, many scientists blame pesticides on milkweed plants for the decrease in butterflies.