The Hawaiian bee is a little known bee that is exclusively found on the island. The honey bee, on the other hand, is experiencing one of the highest population densities it has had since 2006. These fears had led the price of honey to spike almost to double its standard retail rate.
However, scientists are blaming the panic and unscrupulous businesses for the sudden rise in the commodity. The honey bee population is quite steady, and farmers have played a significant role in achieving this.
Farmers often split colonies into two or three small colonies and let them grow in numbers creating different colonies. They have also engineered ways of specifically breeding queen bees to start new colonies. Scientists predict that the number is set to grow even further rather than dropping as initially reported.
"Honey bees are not about to go extinct," said Kim Kaplan, a researcher with the USDA. "It is the beekeepers who are in danger, facing unsustainable economic losses." But the researcher did address some concern when it came to wild bees.
If they do get in trouble, there is no one who will help protect them. With the African bee and wildfires the biggest exterminators of the native bee, scientists are urging the government to create better protection measures.