Where Do Bees Live?

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Bees prefer to live near wildflowers and will build their nests in old wood and in areas that are sheltered from the elements. They will stay clear of areas where insecticides are present. Because the natural habits favored by bees are becoming less abundant, some farmers and gardeners set up places that are hospitable to bees so to attract them to their property.

Bees play an important role in ecosystems that containi flowering plants. Pollen is transferred between plants as bees travel among them collecting their food. The result is higher crop yields and better-tasting fruit. An estimated 1/3 of the food consumed by humans depends on pollination, with the majority of it attributable to bees.