How Many Bees are There?

Bees are one of the most crucial insect species on earth! But how many bees are there? 

It is estimated that there are about 2 trillion bees worldwide, but their population is just one of the endless aspects they have.

This question is not easy to answer because it depends on what you mean by “bees.” So let’s start with that!

The worldwide population of bees

Bees are insects, and they’re of the order Hymenoptera. According to recent statistics, there are over 2 trillion bees with over 40,000 individual species this year. 

Now that’s a lot, right? If you have a bug phobia (or any other kind of phobia), don’t worry: bees don’t bite or sting humans—they only sting other insects as a defense.

Bees are social insects, which means they work together to create colonies. This is an advantageous trait for a species that needs to collect food for its young. If one bee gets distracted by something shiny or exciting, there are plenty more members in her colony who can keep working toward the common goal of survival. But it also means that honeybees, in particular, have an organized society with strict hierarchies! 

The queen bee is at the top; she lays all eggs in her hive and rules everyone else with an iron fist (or maybe more like a velvet glove). Bumblebees and yellow jackets have queen bees too.

But since they’re not as big as honeybees and make fewer workers per hive than their cousins, these queens aren’t so much feared by their subjects as revered or obeyed out of necessity. This is unless you happen to walk into their territory while wearing yellow clothes on your birthday (in which case they might attack).

Different types of bees and their population

There are two main types of bees, honeybee, and bumblebee. The honeybee is the most critical agricultural bee because it pollinates your fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The bumblebee is also very important for agriculture and helps maintain the ecosystem by pollinating wildflowers.

It’s estimated that there are over 20,000 species of bees worldwide; however, this number varies depending on who you ask—some say there are as many as 40,000 species! There are even more variations within each type of bee besides their size or color: some have stripes while others have spotted; some collect pollen while others collect nectar.

Some live in hives while others don’t. Bees aren’t all created equal, just like humans aren’t all created equal—every one has its unique purpose within nature’s ecosystem!

Bees and their way of living

The word “bee” conjures a variety of images in our minds. We might think of a sweet honeycomb or a hive buzzing with activity. Bees are social insects that live in colonies, which we all know is one way to ensure you don’t go hungry when winter comes around and all your food stores (in this case, other people’s food stores) run out. There’s always enough for everyone! 

Bees have been around for millions upon millions of years. They started as solitary insects who lived alone and only occasionally met up with other bees for mating purposes (where they’d engage in sexual dance). As time passed, these solitary creatures developed traits that made them increasingly social animals: they learned how to communicate using dances and colors; they began building more enormous nests together.

Eventually, some species even began giving birth to queens instead of relying entirely on male drones for reproduction! These societies evolved over millennia until we got what we now know as “eusociality,” where workers exist solely to care for those who are more valuable: the queen bee (and her offspring) or drones (male bees whose sole purpose is fertilizing new mates).

How bees live together

Bees live in colonies, which are composed of a queen (the only fertile female), drones (males that do not work), and workers (non-reproducing females). The queen lays all the eggs in the colony. Drones mate with queens in mid-air, then die shortly after mating. Workers do not reproduce but help care for the young, clean the hive and collect food. They also take over tasks such as building comb when their mother dies or leaves the pack.

How bees build their homes

So how do bees build their homes?

Well, they use their bodies to create the hive. Bees secrete a waxy substance called propolis which they use to seal cracks in the pack. This substance is applied to the inside of new hives before the honeycomb is built. 

When you think about it, this makes perfect sense; bees have been doing this for hundreds of thousands of years—that’s why they’ve evolved so well!

Will bees grow in number in the future?

Yes, bees are going to keep growing in number. If we stop pollinating the plants and flowers, nothing will grow. And if the flowers don’t succeed, there won’t be any food left for animals or humans. The animals won’t have anything to eat either, so that they would die out too!

Bees are one of the most crucial insect species on earth!

Bees are one of the most crucial insect species on earth! They pollinate more than 70% of the food we eat; without them, we wouldn’t have honey or any other type of bee-related products.

In many cases, bees are responsible for pollinating plants that humans use for food. For example, bees pollinate crops like apples, pears, and carrots—and if there weren’t any bees to do this work for us, there would be fewer fruits and vegetables in our lives. 

But don’t let their importance fool you into thinking they’re not cute little creatures: Bees can also help keep flowers alive by transporting pollen from one flower to another so it can fertilize seeds before they bloom again next year (or whatever).


In conclusion, we can say that the 2 trillion bees on earth do a lot for the planet. They give us honey and wax, pollinate our plants, and are responsible for many of the fruits and vegetables we eat. 

In addition, some studies suggest that bees have a beneficial effect on people’s mental health. It is essential to protect them from extinction by using pesticides that have less impact on their lives or by planting more flowers in your garden or local park!