Bees are truly awesome creatures. When it comes to producing crops, which in turn means feeding the people on this planet, bees are as vital to the farming process as sunshine and rain. But did you know that they also come in an astonishing variety of sizes, shapes, and colours? There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees, over 4,000 of which are found here in North America. And it turns out that most of them are simply black and yellow.
The beautiful photos you see here were taken by Sam Droege for the USGS Bee Inventory. Wired recently met with Sam and created a stunning and informative gallery of photos of some of the lesser-known North American bee species.
"As head of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring program, Droege spends his days capturing bees, taking their pictures, and learning all he can about creatures responsible for pollinating much of the vegetal world.”
"Some are as large as bumblebees, and others smaller than a grain of rice. Most live solitary rather than hive lives; many are blue or green, not striped black and yellow. Their incredible diversity goes largely unrecognized — but not to Sam Droege."
Click here to check out the entire Wired article and photo gallery. Then go impress your friends and family with your new bee knowledge!
[via Neatorama and Wired]