The selfish case for saving bees: its how to save ourselves | Alison Benjamin

These crucial pollinators keep our world alive. Yes, they are under threat but all is not lost, warns bee expert Alison Benjamin When I see a bee buzzing around my garden or in the park in early spring, I get a real thrill from being able to identify her. If she is black and darting among small, white tubular flowers with her long tongue protruding and her legs tucked under her furry, round body, I know she is a hairy-footed flower bee. A few years ago I wouldnt have noticed her because, like most people, I thought all bees were striped. I also assumed they made honey, stung, and lived in a hive with a queen bee and her workers. …