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A monarch butterfly clings to a plant at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California, December 30, 2014.

More than 50% of insects have disappeared since 1970, an ecologist warns — even more evidence of an ‘insect apocalypse’

A new report reveals that 50% or more of insects have disappeared since 1970 due to habitat loss and pesticide use.
A bee flies to collect pollen on a mustard field in front of the cooling towers of the Temelin nuclear power plant near the South Bohemian city of Týn nad Vltavou, Czech Republic.

From avocados to pumpkins, here are 28 foods we could lose if all the world’s bees went extinct

Bees pollinate one out of every three bites of food we eat. Here are just some of the foods we could lose if the world's bees died out.
Felix Munk, head of the beekeeper organization Stadtimker, holds a honeycomb with bees at the rooftop of the Austrian chancellery in Vienna July 16, 2012.

40% of US honeybee colonies disappeared last year. This is what the world would look like without any bees at all.

Bee populations are in decline. Without them, food like nuts, fruits, and vegetables would become more expensive and rare.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and his wife Mary joined Mrs. Karen Pence to unveil a bee hive on the Vice President's residential grounds in Washington, D.C., June 6, 2017.

Photos of the hive that Karen Pence keeps at the vice president’s mansion draw attention to how important bees are

National Honey Bee Day 2019 comes two years after some unexpected guests moved into the official address, courtesy of second lady Karen Pence.

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.