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The apis family is the largest family of Apoidea. The Apidae includes honey bees, bumblebees, stingless bees and orchid bees which are so diverse that they have been classified into a number of families.

Insects in this family represent our most important pollinators worldwide, helping to ensure an adequate food supply by contributing to plant reproduction. Bees also provide pollen for birds and other animals necessary as predators on crop pests such as aphids and mealybugs; some species even prey on these insects themselves! They contribute mightily to world economies through their vital service as pollinators to the agricultural industry.