Fun Fact: Honeybee Fossils Look Like Wasps

The oldest honeybee fossil ever found is dated at 100 million years ago. Scientists believe that wasps and bees shared a common ancestor and this fossil, with the pollen collecting legs of a bee, still shows a few traits that we associate with wasps. Around 100 million years ago, flowering plants became widespread and had started to replace conifers as the dominant plant species. So the date of this fossil, means that bees were already evolving to be the primariy insects to collect pollen and exploit the nectar of flowering plants.  I’m just glad they’re still around–not only because they pollenate the crops we grow as food, but also because they make such delicious honey!

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