Nature and Biodiversity

Bees: how important are they and what would happen if they became extinct?

A bee deposits pollen in a honeycomb in La Bollene Vesubie, France, July 2, 2019. Picture taken July 2, 2019.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard - RC1A62AE00A0

There are more than 800 wild bee species in Europe, seven of which are classified as endangered. Image: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Philip Donkersley
Senior Research Associate in Entomology, Lancaster University
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