We see the handiwork of bees all around us, in the fruit on our plates, the flowers in our yards, and among the native flowering plants in our favorite wild landscapes. While most people think of the non-native honeybee when the word “bee” is mentioned, there are over 4,000 native species of bee in the United States who help with pollination of our flowering plants. Click the videos and links below to find out more about the importance of bees in our ecosystems, the amazingly diverse kinds of bees and wasps found in the United States, and what scientists and volunteers are doing to learn more about and help bees in your backyard!