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NEWS – Friend or foe? A guide to New York’s bees and wasps

There are more than 20,000 different species of bees worldwide and over 400 different species right here in New York. Some people hear a bee’s buzz and get ready to run, but in many cases there’s no need (unless you’re allergic of course!). We spoke with two local beekeepers from Hudson Valley Bee Supply and Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers for a full guide to determine which bees aren’t harmful to humans and which bees might be looking to sting.

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Mason bees
visit up to
2,000
flowers a day
400 Mason bees
do the work of
40,000
honey bees
One Mason bee
block can hold
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eggs
Farmers
release
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