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What Happens If The Honeybees Disappear?
Wild bees and Russian bees might be able to help.
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Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead
There are 1.4 billion insects per person on this planet and we need (almost) every one of them.
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Beekeepers Sweeten Solar Sites With the 'Tesla of Honey'
By pairing pollinators with solar farms, Travis and Chiara Bolton are reimagining commercial beekeeping.
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You May Be Eating Vomit, and More Bizarre Barf Facts
Throwing up bodily fluid has some surprising uses in nature, such as defence.
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First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered
The bee’s population has plummeted nearly 90 percent since the 1990s.
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First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S.
The rusty patched bumblebee population has declined 87 per cent over the past two decades.
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Australian Honey Can Fight Superbugs Just Like NZ’s Manuka
Aussie researchers have discovered potent antibacterial activity in locally harvested honey, making it comparable to New Zealand’s manuka.
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For the First Time, Bees Declared Endangered in the U.S.
Seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bee, decimated by invasive species and habitat loss, are now federally protected.
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Penis, Lips Or Nostrils?
What's the worst place to get stung by a bee?
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The Last, Best Refuge for North America's Bees
North Dakota, with its vast prairies, is perfect for raising honeybee colonies. But can its bees and their keepers, already facing so much stress, survive the widespread loss of grasslands?
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Climate Change Is Making Your Allergies Even Worse
Why does pollen make some people sneeze? Will eating honey help with your allergies? And what’s the heat got to do with it?
About Bees

You may think bees are quite insignificant but without bees, humans would be unlikely to survive. Bees are pollinators, meaning they disperse pollen throughout the ecosystem to encourage and stimulate plant growth. Some bees are also responsible for making honey.

Bees come from the same family as the ant and wasp and are highly sociable creatures. They live in complex groups with specific hierarchies. There is usually a queen bee, worker bees then drones, which are responsible for reproducing. The most eusocial bees are the honeybees, bumblebees and stingless bees.

Not all bees can sting you, but when they do they only do so as a form of defence. When a honeybee stings another creature it comes at a huge cost to the bee. When their stinger is extracted from the bee’s abdomen it rips out part of their digestive system leaving the bee to die. Honeybees will do this to protect the rest of their colony from predators.

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