The European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a common site in gardens. This worker bee is gathering nectar and/or pollen from Coreopsis verticillata ‘Golden Gain’. Honey bees are not native to North America. However, their pollination services allow for the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops. They aren’t called honeybees for nothing. The USDA estimated the 2013 domestic honey harvest was over 149 million pounds! That’s honey from the combined efforts of hundreds of billions of honey bees and over 100,000 beekeepers.
Office of the Press Secretary. “The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations.” Fact sheet. The White House. Washington, D.C. June 20, 2014. Web.
National Agricultural Statistics Service. Agricultural Statistics Board. “Honey.” U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mar. 21, 2014. Web.