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A family of insects with over 20,000 species that relies entirely on pollen and nectar from flowers as its food source. As bees transport themselves from flower to flower, pollen clings to the feathered hairs of the bee and is deposited on other plants, allowing for cross-pollination. Male bees do not live very long, do not collect pollen, and do not assist with feeding and provisions for the young.

Use of neonicotinoids, insecticides carrying nicotene, is severely threatening all bees and causing the disruption of navigation patterns, reproductive ability and the destruction of natural habitat.

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