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At least 20,000 species of bee are listed in the world.
The social species live in colonies. The queen, the mother of the colony, is the only fertile female. Other species are solitary.
All bees are vegetarian insects. They gather nectar and pollen, but not all produce honey. By going from flower to flower to collect their food, they unwillingly pollinate plants, allowing them to reproduce.
Human populations depend on flowers for more than one third of their food. The absence of these pollinators would therefore have significant consequences for humankind.

Certain species are domesticated, such as the European bee, and others are said to be “wild”. Habits vary greatly according to the species: there are communal bees, solitary bees, and some are even avid cleptoparasites (they live as parasites on the brood of other species).

The majority of wild species are solitary. The females build a little nest in the ground, under a stone or in a cavity such as an empty snail shell. Other species prefer to nest in foamy plant stems or in galleries dug into wood.

Communal species have highly organised societies that live in colonies,. The queen, the mother of the colony, is the only fertile and impregnated female. The workers are sterile females, and the males, whose only job is to breed, die after mating.

The impoverishment of biodiversity, as well as the use of agricultural pesticides, are the main causes of mortality for the insect.