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There are 20,000 different species of bees in the world. 4,000 of those species are native to the United States. There are more species of bees than there are mammals and birds combined! With all of these different species, there are some very cool looking bees. Let’s look at them!

This is an Amegilla cingulata, or simply a blue- banded bee. These bees are native to Australia, but have also been found in East Africa.

This is the Euglossine bee. They are better known as orchid bees. They can be found anywhere from Mexico to Brazil in the rainforests.

This is the Xylocopa India Yellow Bee. This bee is part of the carpenter bee family and as you could probably tell by its name it can be found in India.

Like the bee previous to this one, this bee is in the carpenter bee family. But this bee is a Xylocopa caerulea, or simply a blue carpenter bee. This species can be found in Southeast Asia, India, and Southern China.

This species is a Chrysura refulgens. There is no common name for this species. It can be found in Europe and North Africa. It is a cuckoo wasp. It goes into other bees hives and lays its eggs in their hive and then the other bees raise the offspring.

This is an Apis mellifera or the European honey bee. It is native to Europe, but can also be found in the Middle East and Africa.

Lastly, this is the Bombus affinis, or the Rusty- patched bumblebee. It is one of the bees that is native to the United States. It is in danger though. The number of bees of this species has dropped by 87% over the last decade.

 

Bees are very important to the survival of humans, and making sure that these amazing pollinators stay alive should be everyone’s goal.