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Honey Bee - Apis mellifera

Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
November 17, 2003

Honey Bee
Yes, I believe that is a honey bee Apis mellifera. I've heard that in North Carolina, folks are worried that there aren't actually enough honey bees anymore to pollinate all the crops being grown there.

We had a big drop in the honeybee population several years ago which was immediately followed by a huge increase in the populations of native pollinators. It was wonderful. Haven't kept up on what is happening with the honeybees but it was great to see large numbers of different kinds of pollinators suddenly becoming successful once again.

California is also having bee die-offs
In California, almond growers are concerned about mites that have been recently decimating a large number of bee colonies. While that's good news for other pollinators, as you suggest, I doubt they will be as effective for the purposes of agriculture.

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