Bees are some of the most important pollinators in the world. They ensure we are fed and also allow plants to do their job. If bees were to disappear, it would lead to a domino effect of the loss of plants, crops and, potentially, of entire ecosystems. By understanding the distribution of bee species, we are increasing our odds of successfully protecting such an critical player in natural and human systems. Putting them on the map, along with rhinos, tigers and pandas, lays the foundations for more efficient and effective conservation efforts and enable us to protect the ecosystems on which bees, and we, so desperately depend.