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West Texas seeing a decline in its bee population

Odessa-Midland KOSA-TV logo Odessa-Midland KOSA-TV 4/27/2021 Lauren Bostwick
a close up of a flower: Due to the previous weather events, local honeybees and beekeepers are feeling the impact. © Provided by Odessa-Midland KOSA-TV Due to the previous weather events, local honeybees and beekeepers are feeling the impact.

ALPINE, Texas (KOSA) - The long-lasting drought mixed with the winter storm that swept through Texas in February has had long-lasting impacts from damages to plants to a drop in the local population of bees, according to some experts.

Honeybees are very important to agriculture because they pollinate all sorts of crops. But because of the previous weather events, local honeybees and beekeepers are feeling the impact.

Scott Wassermann is a local beekeeper at Wassermann Wranch near Alpine. He says he has noticed fewer bee swarms propagating to new hives, meaning that there are fewer bees which can cause an impact locally.

“Any plant that is insect-pollinated, that’s honeybee pollinated; cantaloupe, watermelon, that kind of stuff, is going to be negatively impacted because there is just not as many bees as there were this time last year,” said Wassermann.

If you come across a beehive somewhere it should not be, call a local beekeeper so they can extract the hive.

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