1. No honey.

2. Many cannot sting you.

3. Carpenter bees have world’s largest insect eggs.

4. Males have no father, but they have a grandfather.

5. A bee’s stinger is smooth, not barbed.

6. 10% of our 4,000 species have no been given names!

7. The vast majority of bees nest in the ground.

8. Strictly speaking, bees are wasps…vegetarian wasps.

9. 20% of bees gather no pollen; instead they sneak their eggs into other bee’s nests.

10. Only 1% of American bees are not native…for now.

11. Males do not help females…ever.

12. Wings have interference patterns. (Look it up pilgrim.)

13. The number of pollen-collecting species that specialize on only 1 family of plants is 35-50%.

14. Bee conservation = native plant conservation = saving natural areas.

15. If honey bees are all your know, then you know little about our wild bees.

16. Most females are single moms who seal their children in cells and never return.

17. The floral industry makes trillions; but has never paid bees a cent for designing their original models: sad.

18. Most bees nest only a few meters from their flowers.

19. Weeds feed weedy bees. Only native plants support all bees.

20. There is only 1 endangered bee (in the lower 48 states).

21. 13 bees are possibly extinct; 7 are endangered; 16 very rare; 27 are safe (for now) = Hawaiian bees.

22. Life of solitary bees means 10 months of living in its nest and 5 weeks of flying.

23. Question lawns. A handful of flowers is enough to create one baby bee. More flowers = more bees.

24. If honey bees disappear, can wild bees pollinate our fruits and vegetables? In most cases, the answer is…yes.

25. Listen to the songlines of bees, keeping in time with the beat of plants. Faint, faint, do you hear it?

Source: USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program