Isn’t it delightful to hear the busy bees’ buzzing sounds in your garden? Whenever the buzzes start, busy bees are known to be around- searching for sweet nectars that they must carry all the way back to their beehive. In this way, they can have enough food supply to make them last throughout some time. Bees are compared to ants. Both are hard-working to ensure that none of the population will get hungry in times of the rainy season. However, just like any other insect and animal in the animal kingdom, bees are not safe from predators. These predators bring harm to their life, either being crushed or eaten. That is why we already laid the top predators of bees for your easier reference. So, let’s start now!
The very first predator or the animal that eats bees is a bear. When we say a bear, it can be a black, grizzly, polar, and many more. However, bees aren’t consumed by polar bears since they live in the ice-ocean rather than the woods where bees survive through flowers’ nectars. Also, bears are known to be lovers of sweet food, especially bee honey. That is why even though a beehive is at the top of a hill or a cliff, bears will do ways to reach it. Like in the movie titled the Jungle Book, the bear character there asked the boy to take some beehive. In this way, he can have a honey supply to make him last throughout the upcoming winter. The beehive is located at the cliff, but gladly, the boy made it to the top. The bear and other animals were fed with honey, and they were so happy.
Next on the list are skunks. Known as an animal with a stinky tail, skunks do make a great predator of bees. Skunks are considered insectivores, which means their daily diet is made of insects. For the bees, skunks look for a hive by simply following the scent and tracks of it. One of the best indicators whenever a skunk is inside the hive, is when the bees are buzzing outside. This attack happens mostly at night, wherein skunks have a better chance of eating more bees.
When eating bees, skunks like to chew, extract the juices from a bee, and then spit it out afterward. After taking the juice out of all the bees, there will be a substantial part that the skunks spit. Whenever there is no skunk, only opossum and raccoons can attack the beehive, the same way how a skunk does.
Another animal that consumes a beehive is the raccoons. This animal consumes honeybees the same way a skunk does. It digs into the beehive then chunk it into pieces using its mouth and hands. The bees then are squished, leaving it into a gum-like texture until the raccoons spit it out. The only thing that the raccoons are after in a beehive is the sweet honey itself. Aside from a good hunger-relief, honey lasts for a long time, and it is best to be the stock food.
Parasites and Diseases
While parasites and diseases are not considered as predators, it is still a threat to a beehive. Included here is the varroa mite, as well as the honey bee tracheal mite, which can be fed by both larval’s blood and adult honey bees.
For the last bee predators, we simply have us, human beings. People are considered the greatest threat to bees’ lives, and that is because of our neglect and lesser understanding to them. There are different chemicals, such as pesticides, that can eliminate the existence of bees. Other environmental abuse can also be a form of preying on the bees. The trees they make as shelter are being cut by human beings to satisfy their own needs and wants. There may also be a honey farm, yet bees are being abused by spraying different chemicals to produce more honey.
Bees are wonderful creations that overall play an important role in the ecological system. Without bees, pollination will not happen. Thus, the transfer of more plants and trees from one place to another will also be minimal.