We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Honeybees (the kind of bee that was supposedly dying off, but was not) are not native to the New World. They are indeed an invasive species imported by American colonists from Europe for the honey. Most honey bee colonies are either commercial or backyard hives, but they often go wild until some bee-keeper tracks them down. Clover is their favorite food source. Sow your meadow with peerennial clover seed, and you will get them. I did.
Bumblebees, on the other hand, are more cold-tolerant and are native to the New World - and in fact to most of the world. They do not make much honey, and live in holes in the ground.
That preference for clover can be a source of conflict around here. The local berry growers bring in rental hives during pollination season. Then they end up having to call the county to make sure the ditches and right of ways get mowed to keep the bees out of the clover.
Another guy named Dan
We have a few bumblebees in our backyard, and they are so fat I can't see how they can even fly. For the most part they hover about 6" or so above the ground and are rather nosy creatures. They inevitably come by to investigate my doings if I've disturbed the soil or ripped up overgrown weeds. It's really quite funny. They are placid and slow moving and feel quite comfortable around us humans.