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Bee

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea and are presently considered a clade, called Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven recognized biological families. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.

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Bees Have Five Eyes

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Save the Bees!

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Carpenter Bee

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My family in the last three years has gotten into the bee business. I have discovered that there is a million things to bees and not only are they fascinating but they work amazingly efficient. I also learn new things about them everyday I am around them. They are marvelous creatures.

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So now I know why bees die after they sting.

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So bee's do not shoot there stingers.. there is just a trail of "slim" that trails behind sometimes.

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Bee STING!!!

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