being an omnivore saves everybody :)
I keep seeing stuff like this on tumblr and elsewhere, and it makes me frustrated.
While being a fine infographic for honey bee issues, the honey bee (Apis mellifera) is native to India and pieces of the Middle East. This post completely ignores the ~25,000 other bee species in the world. Many of these are critically important to native plant species, which introduced honey bees do not pollinate well. Additionally, many fruit plants that we eat are more effectively pollinated by native bees (eg. blueberries, apples, peaches, pears, apricots, squash, watermelon…). The Cremen paper where this information came from addresses that the fruits are pollinated by both native bees and honey bees.
The idea that all bees are honey bees (or that other bees are very similar to them) has resulted in disastrous land management strategies which hurt native bees.
The best way to conserve native bee species is reducing unnecessary pesticide applications, preserving native habitat, and checking which plants are important pollen and nectar sources for ALL of your local bee species—not just honey bees.
Reblogging again for helpful commentary from an entomologist.