Are Bees Really Disappearing?

Types of Bees

  • The smallest bee is the Perdita minima
  • It is less than 2 mm long
  • The largest bee is the Megachile pluto
  • Females have a wingspan of a whopping 63.5 mm
  • Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica
  • Only female bees have stingers
  • Male bees have bigger eyes
  • Not all bees are black and yellow

Why are Bees Disappearing?

  • Invasive species including parasites, predators, and disease-causing pathogens
  • Habitat destruction
  • Climate change
  • Some bee species can only survive in select temperatures. Climate change is pushing them away from some of their native habitats.
  • Poor nutrition

Protect the Bees

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