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
In the Himalayas, men climb 400 metre high cliffs - risking their lives for honey.
In the Himalayas, men climb 400 metre high cliffs to come face-to-face with giant honey bees, risking their lives for a rich food source - honey.
Nectar rationing by rainforest flowers means stingless bees visit 1,000 flowers every day.
Nectar rationing by rainforest flowers means stingless bees are forced to visit 1,000 flowers every day.
Marcus du Sautoy explains why bees choose to use a hexagon rather than any other shape to build their honeycomb.
In episode two of The Code Marcus du Sautoy explains why bees choose to use a hexagon to build their honeycomb structure rather than the triangle or the square.
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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.