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Bees: Why We Need Them Even Though We Fear Them

Bee on Flower

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Bees: Why We Need Them Even Though We Fear Them


By Jessica on August 05, 2014

It is fair to say that humans have mixed emotions about bees. We love the flowers they help pollinate we don’t love the stingers they can leave behind after they have felt threatened. Did you know we have identified 25,000 species of bees? Or that a large majority of these species cannot sting?

These creatures we tend to fear help to pollinate an estimated one third of all the food we eat and without them our supermarket shelves could end up sparse (as this picture from Whole Foods depicts below).

Grocery Store options without Bees

Since 2006, Beekeepers have been reporting significant losses of bee populations, between 30%-90% of their gives, which is now being referred to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). According to the USDA, CCD is a serious problem threatening the health of honey bees and the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations in the United States. Despite a number of claims in the general and scientific media, a cause or causes of CCD have not been identified by researchers. While some of us may take the value for pollination for granted, we can all agree that being stung is never a pleasant experience.

If you or someone you know has been stung by a bee, refer to a our Top 5 list below.

Top 5 Bee Sting Tips

Have additional questions about bee stings? Medical Experts on JustAnswer are available to answer your bee questions.