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How honeybees get their jobs—explained
With brains the size of sesame seeds, honeybees have to work together in different capacities to maintain a healthy nest.
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Bavarians vote to save bugs and birds—and change farming
In the face of plummeting insect and bird populations, citizens in the south German state are trying to make farmers preserve habitat.
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How Humans Are Messing Up Bee Sex
From pesticides to land development to electromagnetic pollution, humans often harm the ability of honeybees to reproduce.
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Got Bees? Meet a Swarm Chaser Up for the Challenge
The Swarm Chaser | Short Film by Maxwell Monty
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Can Bees Help Save Elephants From Train Strikes?
In India, where elephants are hit by trains, people are trying innovative solutions.
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Saving Australia’s Bees
Could artificial insemination save Aussie bees from the varroa mite?
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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.
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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