Why are bees important?

Why are bees important?

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Bees are important, right? That seems to be the general consensus. But is it true? And should you still care even if you don’t eat honey. Phil argues that the answer is ‘yes’ and presents his top five reasons that explain just why bees are so important.

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“Honeybee-cooling cropped” by Björn Appel, Username Warden. Edit by Waugsberg (cropped) – Own work at Wikipedia.org
“Beehives at an organic farm” by Jessica Reeder at Wikimedia.org
“Hall of Biodiversity, American Museum of Natural History” by InSapphoWeTrust at flickr.com
“Day 120 – West Midlands Police – Response Officer on duty” by West Midlands Police at flickr.com
“How can you train honeybees to sniff for bombs?” by Los Alamos National Laboratory at howstuffworks.com
“Parallel cloud bands converge at the horizon over a landscape of ice floes, melt pools, and a polynya to the right. August 19, 2009” by Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon at fotopedia.com
“Male bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) on a finger, Sandy, Bedfordshire” by Orangeaurochs at Wikimedia.org


  1. Valerie Chen on September 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    This is extremely helpful for my geography revision! Thank you so much for making this!

  2. Mireille Matambu on September 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Nice I’m educated thanks

  3. SN - 07AV 816630 Sir John A Macdonald Sr PS on September 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I wANT PIZZA 🙁

  4. Dann Chee on September 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm


  5. AshleyPlays on September 2, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    wow I just hate this

    read more

  6. pro wo god on September 2, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    i have to wacht this for school

  7. RST HIPPIE on September 2, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Me pelan la verga las abejas

  8. betty guerrero on September 2, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Go bees go go go

  9. Jacob Wingers on September 2, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Fancy seeing you here Jerma

  10. Amy C Daughter on September 2, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Bees make me honey

  11. David Lau on September 2, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Bees are sooooooooo important

  12. madmiller uh oh poopy on September 2, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I’m a beekeeper and they are wonderful!!

  13. K Ahd on September 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Incredible amazing creatures
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  14. Aryan Pershad on September 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Omg bees are so important! I did a presentation on them as a keystone species

  15. dollar general sans .j on September 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Fun fact: bees are invasive species that came from Europe

  16. kofi dza on September 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm


  17. Cinema E.K on September 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

  18. Ky Jaden on September 2, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Hi people

  19. Carole Hinkson on September 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I can’t look at a honey bee because to me they so ugly

  20. The ninja rocker on September 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    “A world without pizza is a sad and lonely place indeed”- Philip J. Taylor
    I put this in a school project

  21. Bee or not to Bee on September 2, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks you for interesting video! Hope your bees are doing well! Hi from Belarus bee’s forests!

  22. Zero on September 2, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    whoever dont like bees should just get themselves natural selected for termination if you ask me

  23. Bre on September 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm


  24. Yael Saldarriaga on September 2, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    If you dis-liked you just wanna see the world burn…

  25. Joanna Soh on September 2, 2021 at 10:34 pm


  26. Krewfanpage on September 2, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    be carful before you step on a bee 🙂

  27. Iconic_mangos819 on September 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Save the bee’s !!

  28. Tyler Quick on September 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    i thought bees are mean but now they are amazing. Thanks Eco Sapien 😀

  29. Xavier Elphinstone on September 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm


  30. p o p p y :} on September 2, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Can you save the bees please: https://youtu.be/dzhxVaB6NXE

  31. Medway Railway Modeller on September 2, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Nice video .Have bees in my garden .Need to support them for me and other’s.

  32. Anthony Lowe on September 2, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    ya it woud be sad and lonley without PIZZA!!

  33. 3v3rblack on September 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I didn’t know a lot of this I’ve been told they’re important but didn’t know how serious

  34. Chris S. on September 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Bees are important! But are honey bees? Honey bees are farm animals that are bred and kept to convert natural resources into food for humans. From a capitalist point of view, that’s definitely a plus. But what evidence suggests that honeybees, which in most cases are not even native species, are good for our biodiversity? Why are invasive species villains, but honey bees which equally competing with native species are ecological heroes? If one wants to help nature, one should expand the shrinking amount of natural habitat and not use this very limited habitat to our human benefit by using honeybees.

  35. Skittles Forever on September 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you! I need to do an informational writing for school and found this video!

    When they said bees are good for food i thought we could eat bees

  36. thebestsonic2008 YT on September 2, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    My science teacher sent me this -_-

  37. Outfit Godly on September 2, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    The reason why Beatles and butterflies and all those insects are not as common because bees keep killing them

    So if they die the bees would die that means we would have a thriving species of insects doing where the bees left off

  38. Sai Sagar MR Cool on September 2, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    That is why should not get rid of that or else you will get no food clothes etc and queen bee is the important one to save our life so do not harm queen bees

  39. Christian Vaca on September 2, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Bees make honey and honey is delicious I can’t live without honey

  40. Will Mercer on September 2, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    here from school 2020

  41. Ju2021 Carlos on September 2, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Without bees in around 4 years the human population will dismissed

  42. Skibby on September 2, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    save bees!

  43. Ibrahim Aljedany on September 2, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I hate bees I got hrt

  44. Mia Huang-Heinzel on September 2, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Wow this is so helpful thanks alot I used it for my school presentation =)