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.
Our readers know that the Honeybee is a non-native bee in North America. It was imported from Europe for agricultural purposes, mainly honey production. However, because they live in large hives, they have become industrial-scale assets for agriculture.
None of our native bees produce honey. There are 4000 native bee species in North America.
Have lived in Missouri my entire life many decades long. Lots of bees when I was young as I would step on them while running barefoot in the grass. The last maybe forty years I haven't seen many. I think people spraying to kill clover in their yards cut down on the number due to reducing a flower the been love. The past couple of months we have finally been seeing a few honey bees and are delighted. Blooming weeds at the edge of the woods and on the hummingbird feeders too. I have noticed a couple of bee hives a good distance from our house on another persons property. Hope we can contribute to their lives and honey production.