Comment: Invasive Species

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Invasive Species

Honey bees are an invasive species. They were introduced to the Americas by Europeans. They are not the only insects, or for that matter bees, that pollinate plants. Although their increased death rate is most likely indicative of a problem, without more information on the population changes in other pollinating insects it is hard to predict the economic impact of their demise. While it might be a problem for bee keepers who depend on honey production for their income, it may not be that big of a problem for farmers. If honey bees are not dominating the pollen food chain perhaps a native species will fill the need.