Sunday, September 26

What the first global bee map shows (and why it is so important)

  • Helen Briggs
  • BBC Environment Correspondent


There are thousands of species of bees, both small and large.

Scientists have managed for the first time to map the distribution of the 20,000 species of bees that exist on the planet.

The new global map will help in conservation of the insects of which humanity depends for the pollination of cropssay researchers from Singapore and China.

Bees face enormous pressure on their population numbers due to loss of habitat and the use of pesticides.

But nevertheless, little is known about the variety of species that live on all continents, except in Antarctica: from tiny stingless bees to bees the size of the thumb of your hand.

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