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Want to save the bees? Here's what you should know.

Plus some bee-utiful photography.
bumble bee face

A common bumble bee found in the Appalachians, who you didn't know had a tiny adorable mustache

Kelly Graninger/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Most bees are solitary. This may come as a surprise, especially if your bee knowledge comes from reading about colony collapse disorder and that one time you saw The Bee Movie once on a plane. To most people, bees are fat, buzzing, social insects that live in hives suspended in trees—they’re certainly not skinny little buggers that dig holes to lay eggs.

But whoops, surprise! It turns out most bees are in

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