Honeybees

An Introduction

Why We Need Bees

"Many people think of bees simply as a summertime nuisance. But these small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of your favorite foods to reach your table. From apples to almonds to the pumpkin in our pumpkin pies, we have bees to thank." An estimated one-third of our food supply is pollinated by bees. Almonds are 100% dependent on honeybees for pollination.

Bees keep our economy humming


  • More than $15 billion a year in U.S. crops are pollinated by bees.
  • U.S. honeybees produce about $150 million in honey annually.
  • Fewer bees means lower crop yields and increased production costs, estimated as high as $5.7 billion per year.
  • Keeping bee populations safe is critical for keeping American tables stocked with high-quality produce and our agriculture sector running smoothly.
(Source: NRDC)

3 types of honeybees

The queen

The queen is a fertile female and is the mother of all the bees in a hive.
A Frame of Bees

Dancing bees

When a worker bee find a source of nectar or pollen, they return to the hive and dance their instructions to the other bees.
Dancing Bee

Beekeepers

In 2013 there were an estimated 115,000 to 125,000 beekeepers in the United States. Most of these are hobbyists, who have fewer than 25 hives. Beekeepers play an important role in protecting bees and making an impact on the local ecosystem. Here is a photo of me in my "bug baffler" standing in front of two of our hives.
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