5 facts that prove why we REALLY need honeybees

Here are five facts about honeybees that prove they are an important key species.

From bumblebees to carpenter bees to mason bees, there are more than 20,000 different species of bees around the world, most of which are wild. However, fewer than ten of these are honey bee species, of which more than 40 honey bee subspecies are buzzing around the world.

Honey bees are close relatives of ants and wasps. And they can be found on all continents, except in Antarctica, which has no flowering plants and is therefore of no interest to the little ones.

The fluffy black and yellow insects live in colonies made up of three types of bees: the queen bee, the workers, and the drones, the latter being male. Although the workers are female, they are sexually undeveloped. Thus, only the queen bee is responsible for reproduction.

Despite their small size, honey bees are an incredibly important key species. The tiny, flying insects are probably best known for their ability to make honey. But that’s not all they’re good for.

In honor of National Honey Bee Day, celebrated annually on the third Saturday in August, here are five reasons why we love honey bees.

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PERSONNEL WRITER | LOS ANGELES, CA Audrey writes about sustainability, food and entertainment. She has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science.

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