Why Are Bees Important — and What Makes Bees Different?

Bees! From honey bees to bumble bees, solitary or colony-forming, these insects have shaped modern agriculture. So why, exactly, are bees important?

Bee orientation
Unloading honey bee hives for use in almond orchards begins under a winter sun. Finally freed, millions of bees fly around in all directions for a cleansing and orientation flight.
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