Brilliant bees

Bees are amazing - not only do they fulfil a vital role in our ecosystem, they are one of the most complex and sophisticated living things in the history of evolution. One bee alone may not amount to much, but collectively they become a powerful and vital force, responsible for pollinating almost 75% of the world's food crops. Without bees our world would be a very different place. Through updates from current affairs programmes to thermal camera footage of bees in action, this collection describes the recent dramatic decline in bee populations, suggests what we can all do to help and showcases one of the planet's most fascinating creatures.

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Animals in this collection

  • A pair of amegilla bees cling to a twig, asleep Amegilla bees

    Amegillas form a genus of large bees that has around 250 species.

  • Honeybee workers surrounding an egg laying queen Bees

    Bees in the Apidae family include the familiar honey bees and bumblebees, as well as the...

  • Buff-tailed bumble bee feeding from flower Buff-tailed bumblebee

    Buff-tailed bumblebees are the UK's largest bumblebee species.

  • Bumble bee with tip of its tongue curled around a pollen dispensers (c) Martin Webber Bumblebees

    Vital pollinators of...

  • Close up of a honeybee European honey bee

    European honey bees have been introduced to nearly all parts of the world by humans, but...

  • Mason Bee carrying grass to cover nest in snail shell Mason bees

    Mason bees are solitary, and don't form colonies or honey, like many other bee species.

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