Everyone loves the honeybee. We humans have been drooling over its honey and prospering from its powers of pollination for millennia.
But our worship of this one species, understandable as it might be, is a sign that something has gone wrong. It’s the perfect example of our ruthlessly human-centric, overtly practical view of the natural world.
There are actually around 20,000 known species of bee. The famous European honeybee Apis mellifera is just one of them.