All of our ideas about bees are based on one species, the European honeybee. Most of the others are nothing like it.
Reputation: There is one species of bee. Bees are yellow and black. Bees dance. Bees make honey. Bees die when they sting you.
Reality: There are around 20,000 species, only one of which is the common honeybee. They come in many colors. Most bees don’t dance. Only a few species make honey. For most bees, stinging does not mean death. Some never sting.
The Truth About Bees