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If you’re like me, you know bees are important to our ecosystem, but you don’t really know a lot about bees. There are a lot of news articles out there in recent years talking about bees dying and what that would mean in the lives of us all. And without knowing more about the bee/human connection – it can seem pretty scary to say the least. Really, what does the average person know about bees? Why are bees important? What factors are contributing to a decline in bee populations? What do bees need to survive and thrive in our world? Knowledge is power. So, let’s learn more about bees together. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to learn more about what we can all do to save the bees!
Learn All About Bees
5 Questions About Bees Answered
1. How many species of bees are there in the world?
Did you know that most of our ideas about bees are based on one species – the European honeybee? There are actually over 20,000 species of bees worldwide.
No. Actually, some bees are not capable of stinging. Male bees cannot sting and while some females have stingers some of them are not able to sting either. And the bees that actually do sting – will only sting if they are provoked or feel threatened. If you’ve ever been stung, it most likely wasn’t from a bee, but instead a wasp or yellow jacket. Typically, bees are not interested in people (unless their hive is threatened).
It seems that scientists are still trying to figure that out. However, according to a recent article by Scientific American, the first bees may have appeared more than 130 million years ago. And according to the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, honey was found in the tombs of Egypt. Very interesting indeed!
There are many factors, but the main culprits seem to be pesticides, parasites, loss of habitat, climate change and disease. It’s pretty scary to consider what would happen if all the bees died off. But knowledge is power – learn more about why bees are dying and what you can do to help bees thrive and survive.