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A four-winged insect, belonging to the Apoidea family - the variety occurring in Britain, having a sting. In the world, there are around 12,000 species. For culinary interest, the honey bee is of most interest. These live in colonies of around 80,000, the majority being infertile females (workers), with a few larger males (drones), and a single very large fertile female (the queen). Besides their use in crop pollination and production of honey and wax, bees (when the industrial and other pollutants they bring back to their hives is measured), provide an inexpensive way of measuring the atmosphere and soil.

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