World Bee Day has been celebrated in New Zealand and around the world.
World Bee Day was established by the United Nations in 2018 to raise awareness of the role bees play in keeping the planet healthy. It is held on the 20th May each year.
Bees pay an important part in our food chain and without them we would have few things to eat. Bee experts hope people do their part to protect these amazing insects.
New Zealand has a wide variety of bees, with 27 native species. We also have more hives than in many other countriesz, due to our perfect climate. New Zealand has 10,340 registered beekeepers, with 75 percent of those considered hobbyists, operating 10 hives or less.
However, around the world bee numbers are dropping. The rise in use of chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, has been harmful to bee populations.
Earlier this year after Japan threatened to stop importing New Zealand honey due to levels of the weed killer glyphosate being found in some of our exports.