You probably knew that bees made honey, but did you realize these tiny insects are responsible for pollinating nearly one-third of everything that people eat?
According to One Green Planet, honeybees pollinated about $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. alone in 2010. That is a lot of pollinating! Other pollinators – such as bats, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, ants and beetles – only pollinated about $10 billion in crops combined that year.
The bad news is that the population of bees is getting smaller, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. In order to help save the beneficial bees, NPR reported that the government agency has added seven different species of bees from Hawaii to the list of endangered species.
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