What are Biotic and abiotic factors?
For those who do not know what biotic and abiotic factors are they are basically living and non-living things. The word biotic refers to things that are living or organisms that take in nutrients such as us, animals or plants. Abiotic is the opposite so it refers to non-living thing or organisms that don’t take in any nutrients. An example of an abiotic object could be water as it does not take in nutrients and therefore is not alive. Another example of an abiotic could be a beehive. The beehive is not taking in nutrients from anything but is used by the bees to store nutrients.
Bees are biotic since they use nectar from flowers to make the honey, the nutrients, that they later eat.
They store their food (honey) in wax combs and force evaporate the honey ,which is mostly water, until it is about eighteen percent water and then they seal it with a wax cap.
What about bee populations?
Up until now there are about 20,000 known types of bees but however there are less bees than there was before. According to data from Netherlands, Europe, and Ireland, bee populations decreased by about fifty percent around 2007 and are still decreasing. You might say, “Well, why should I care? Bees only sting me every time I go to the park or camping.” The reason you should care is that bees aren’t just a nuisance that go around stinging people. They pollinate the flowers and make honey that many people and animals enjoy. According to ScienceDaily.com, over eighty percent of all the crops in Europe are pollinated by insects, the majority of them being bees. If all the bees were to die then there would be a lot of problems as bees play an important role in life. First off, there would be no pollination occurring so there would be less plants ,seeing that they pollinate many crops and plants, and that would mean a lot less air for us humans and other animals and would also decrease the amount of produce that the farmers would be able to grow and we may also starve. This would trouble many as then there would be less plants and the amount of available oxygen would decrease making it harder to sustain life on Earth. In addition to that, animals that ate honey would have to adapt to different diets or go extinct as the bees if they were unable to adapt to eating or couldn’t find sufficient food that their diets required. Now that you know how bees are important don’t you want to ensure that nothing bad happens to them so that nothing bad happens to us?