Sometimes looking at particular articles or watching videos, etc… a person might get the impression that some folks want you to beelieve that some bees are more important than others or that some species of bees are more important to expend effort and resources on than others.
Of course that’s ridiculous. I know it, you know, and deep down, even those people know it too. All bees are pollinators, true. Some species are more effective and others are more efficient. Some specialize in specific types of plants and others aren’t so limited, but they all get the job done one way or another.
Some bees considered native bees can bee fantastic pollinators that often get overlooked and not much attention. Others, like honey bees, get lots of attention but get the “outsider” treatment because they are considered feral or non-native.
Why is it that honey bees get so much attention even when other bees may be more effective or efficient pollinators? In large part because of honey. Honey bees not only pollinate, they selectively or specifically pollinate and they produce harvest-able stuffs like honey and beeswax in great quantities. They are also extremely manageable, much more so than most other types of bees.
Not that makes honey bees “better” or more worth saving or getting attention. It just means that they offer something unique to human society that is extremely desirable.
Bumblebees, honey bees, mason bees, alkaline bees, squash bees and all the other bees are awesome insects and provide a super necessary service in pollination that allows people to have crops in abundance.
Let’s not focus on one or another. Instead let’s show them all some bee love.