Frequently Asked Questions



How do bees pollinate plants?

As bees travel from blossom to blossom in search of nectar, they brush against the pollen-bearing parts of a flower (anther or stamen) and pick up pollen. When the honey bee goes to another flower for more food, some of the pollen from the first flower sticks to the second flower. In this way, the flowers are pollinated. Almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, sunflowers, watermelon and many other crops all benefit from honey bees for pollination.

Bees Make Honey

How do bees make honey?

Honey is the sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. Worker honey bees transform the floral nectar that they gather into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture.

Stinging Insects

How do I tell the difference between honeybees and other stinging insects?

To tell the difference between a honey bee and other insects, please visit the following site at the link below.

Beekeeping Groups

How do I find beekeeping assocations or publications?

The publication "Bee Culture" provides a list of common beekeeping assocations and publications at the link below.

Classroom Speakers

How can I find a beekeeper to come and speak to my classroom?

Please contact your local beekeeping association. You can find a list of associations in your area by clicking on the link below, then searching under your state.

Removing Bees

Who should I call to remove bees from my property?

We suggest that you contact your local beekeeping association. You can click the link below to view a directory of associations by state.

More Beekeeping Information

I am looking for information on beekeeping.

Although the National Honey Board does not focus on beekeeping or providing information on beekeeping, we do sell a short informational video for educational purposes. You may also find beekeeping courses or information available at many universities.