World Bee Day

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2023 DateMay 20, 2023
2024 DateMay 20, 2024
World Bee Day

World Bee Day History

World Bee Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of bees. Bees are important insects that help preserve balance within ecosystems. They play an important role as they help pollinate flowers and agricultural plants. According to, 1/3 of all food produced in the world depends on pollination. Unfortunately, bee populations have been decreasing due to climate change, pollution, and intensive agriculture. This day aims to encourage new solutions to prevent bee populations from declining.

World Bee Day was established in 2017 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on May 20th, the birthday of Anton Janša, a pioneer in modern beekeeping.

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World Bee Day Facts

  • Bees play an important role in nature as pollinators. Alongside other insects and animals like butterflies and bats, bees help pollinate about 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species. They also help pollinate 75% of the world’s food crops.
  • According to the UN, about 35% of invertebrate pollinators (bees and butterflies) face global extinction due to human impact.
  • May 20th coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, a Slovenian beekeeper. Born in 1734, he is considered the pioneer of modern beekeeping.
  • Bees can fly between 6 and 30 Miles Per Hour, the fastest Bee species are the Yellow Jackets.

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