<p>As bees visit flowers to collect food, pollen from one flower sticks to the hairs on the bee’s body and gets left behind at the next flower. This helps the plants reproduce.</p>

The Birds and the bees

As bees visit flowers to collect food, pollen from one flower sticks to the hairs on the bee’s body and gets left behind at the next flower. This helps the plants reproduce.

Photograph by Anand Varma, Nat Geo Image Collection

10 sweet photos of honeybees

In celebration of National Honeybee Day, see our favorite photos of bees and the people who love them.

Honey is one of our earliest sources of sweetness. Depictions of humans gathering honey date back 15,000 years. The word “honey” pops up in the Bible 61 times. Jars of honey were discovered in King Tut's tomb. In Henry V, written in 1599, Shakespeare pointed out that we have much to learn from the social insects, whose colonies can number up to 80,000 individuals. “For so work the honey-bees,” he said. “Creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.”

For as long as honeybees and humans have coexisted, the latter have been fascinated by the former.

Today, the honeybees’ work—and our fascination with it—is more important than ever. One-third of the

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