Evolution of the Honeybee

Buzzing back in time, bees have evolved from an ancient wasp, who were also predatory like our modern day bees are now and were living about 120 million years ago. These wasps also lived in nests and took care of their offspring. However, there definitely are some differences. 

While the bees we know now use flowers to pollinate and feed, these wasps were carnivores. Using their stingers to hunt their prey, they would paralyze other insects and bring them back to the nest to feed to the growing offspring. 

Bees and other related species have been studied and naturally preserved in resin; which comes from injured trees. Multiple ancient organisms, very commonly insects, got stuck in the mixture before it hardened, keeping them detailed and preserved for the future. This is a major reason we have so much to research. 

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