Remember when people thought it was the end of the world because the bees were mysteriously dying off?
Now, researchers at University of Virginia have found another culprit - air pollution, which is eliminating the “scent trail” that guides bees to pollinate flowers. Scents that could travel for more than half a mile in the 1800s now probably travel less than about 600 feet, they say. The scent trail deteriorates even close to the flower, discouraging bees to sample the flower to see if it has the nectar the bee needs. Thus, both the pollinator and the pollinated suffer.
I like bees. They’re really important. Let’s not kill them off.