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12 mind-blowing facts about bees

From how bees communicate to how much honey they produce, here are a dozen things you probably didn't know about these creatures.
Female bedbugs, who mate immediately after feeding, can control their immune systems to prevent infection, according to a new study.

Female bedbugs practice safe sex by altering their immune systems to prevent STIs. That may be a key to stopping bedbug infestations.

Bedbugs mate via "traumatic insemination," which typically occurs after meals, or when the females are full-bellied and most attractive to males.
41% of global insect species are at risk, a new study finds.

Last year, 40% of honey-bee colonies in the US died. But bees aren’t the only insects disappearing in unprecedented numbers.

In 2018, 40% of US honey-bee colonies perished. They're just one victim of the sixth mass extinction — 40% of the world's insects are in decline.
A bee flies to collect pollen on a mustard field.

The US just banned 12 pesticides that are like nicotine for bees. Here’s how dangerous they are.

The EPA recently banned 12 products containing neonicotinoid, a pesticide that can be deadly to bees.

A couple in Spain discovered 80,000 bees living in their bedroom wall

The couple, in Granada, in Andalusia, thought the buzzing was a neighbor’s washing machine, or maybe an air conditioner. It turned out to be bees.
McDonald's commissioned the project to pay homage to its restaurants in Sweden that have beehives on their rooftops.

McDonald’s just opened a tiny restaurant for bees — here’s what it’s like inside

McDonald's commissioned the project to pay homage to its restaurants in Sweden with beehives on their rooftops.
What a buzzkill.

Thousands of bees delayed a Reds game and 2 brave workers created a buzz when they tried to save the day with cardboard boxes

Watch as thousands of bees descend on Red game and two workers un-bee-lievably try to capture them with cardboard boxes.
Roughly 600,000 bees were killed on April 26, when a local hobbyist beekeeper's hives were burned in a suspected arson.

A suspected arson in Texas killed 600,000 bees, and authorities are baffled as to what the motive could be

The local beekeeping association said that one beekeeper even "broke down in tears" at the sight of some surviving bees still caring for their brood.

3 hives of bees living on the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral survived the fire

There were three hives on the roof, each housing 60,000 bees. Nicholas Geant, a beekeeper, said the bees were far from the fire.