Books et al.Ecology

To be a bee

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Science  13 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6398, pp. 137
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat9250

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Given the necessity of bees, the signs that they are in trouble are concerning. Although maladies of the domesticated honey bee (Apis mellifera), such as colony collapse disorder, have captured the most public attention, declines in the world's 20,000 wild bee species have the potential to be even more ecologically catastrophic. In Buzz, Thor Hanson deftly presents the predicament of bees today, in part by recounting conversations with scientists and practitioners who are leading the effort to understand and conserve bees.