Honeybee workers surrounding an egg laying queen

Bees in the Apidae family include the familiar honey bees and bumblebees, as well as the less well-known stingless and carpenter bees. This family includes some of the most highly socially organised insects on the planet outside the ant and termite species.

Did you know? Bees beat their wings approximately 200 times a second.

Would we starve without bees?

Scientific name: Apidae

Rank: Family

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