Bee population MAPPED: 20,000 bee species pinpointed in vital conservation bid

Dr Alice Hughes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said accurate data tracking where the world’s bees species are has, until now, been lacking.

She said: ”Here we combine millions of records to create the first maps of global bee richness, and understand why we see these patterns.

“These maps, and our framework, can then form the basis of future work, enabling us to better understand patterns of bee richness and ensure that they are effectively conserved into the future.”

Although populations of some species such as bumblebees in Europe and North America are well studied, documentation has been noticeably sparser in Asia and Africa.