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20 Interesting Facts About Bees

There are around 20,000 known species of bees. The most famous are honey bees, bumblebees, sweat bees, and stingless bees. ( Source ) Bees are present on every continent except Antarctica . Unlike birds and mammals, bees are generally present in dry, temperate areas instead of the tropical environments. The largest concentration of bees are in parts of the US, Middle East, and Africa . ( Source ) The smallest bee species , Perdita minima, is less than 2mm long and weighs 0.333 mg . It is native to the USA . ( Source ) The Indonesian-native Megachile Pluto is the largest bee at 4cm in length.  After remaining invisible for 38 years, it reemerged in 2019. ( Source ) A noticeable advantage of bees on earth is the  pollination of a large number of flowering plants . Around 75% of all fruits and seeds around the world depend on bee pollination.  Bees also support at least 87 crops  through pollination. ( Source ) Several unique features distinguish bees from  closely related groups