Honeybees as Keystone Species Directions: Use the following links to research the question below. Please do not copy and paste, it messes up the format of the page. Use your own words as best as you can. You may also use other websites if necessary. Honeybees are currently experiencing a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Honeybees are a keystone species, meaning that their removal from ecosystems will have a dramatic effect on the ecosystem as a whole. Also, honeybees are of great importance to the human food supply. Use the links below to research bees as an example of a keystone species. Answer the research questions. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/keystone-species-101 http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/colony-collapse-disorder http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/animals/bees.asp http://time.com/3821467/bees-honeybees-environment/ http://extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/pike/publications/colony-collapse-disorderfaq-sheet http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/6327/20150514/keystone-species-dying-off%E2%80%94whylosing-beehives-and-honey-may-be-more-concerning-than-youd-think.htm http://www.theecologist.org/investigations/natural_world/269338/give_bees_a_chance.html http://honeybeelab.tamu.edu/ 1. What is a keystone species? 2. Why do keystone species have a larger impact on ecosystems than other species? 3. Why are honeybees considered a keystone species? Describe IN DETAIL how honeybees are vital to ecosystem health. 4. Describe general bee biology: How is honeybee society organized? What is the role of a hive? What is the honeybee life cycle? What do bees eat? How do they communicate? Etc. 5. In what ways are honeybees important to humans? BE DETAILED. 6. What is Colony Collapse Disorder? 7. How is CCD affecting bee populations? 8. What are the theorized causes of CCD? 9. Can CCD be prevented? If so, how? 10. How would a lack of honeybees negatively affect human populations? Why? 11. How would a lack of honeybees affect ecosystems? Why? 12. What is being done to stop the spread of CCD?