Many people think of honeybees simply as a summertime nuisance. These small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of your favorite foods to reach your table. We have the honeybees to thank for our apples to our almonds to our pumpkins and the pumpkin or apple pie we make for our families. More than likely you have not eaten many items today not provided by our friends the honeybees. Because of the pollination of the honeybee these items were available to you.
The small insects have a big responsibility including the pollinating the fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts we enjoy every day. Remember, it is not just fresh food but how many of the processed products are made from the pollinated foods in original source. Honeybees will pollinate many plant species, which are not native to their natural habitat but are often inefficient pollinators of some plants. These plants such as root vegetables and salad crops will produce a useful food crop without pollination when grown from seed. Although, they will require insect pollination to produce seeds for the next generation. Since the honeybee is the most important insect to transfer pollen between flowers and between plants, the word “pollination” is often used to describe the service of bees to pollinate crop plants.