Photo gallery: Honey bees run the world

The bond of pollinators and plants: If one disappears, the other may follow. Honey bees and other insects pollinate over 80 percent of flowering plants. Bee pollination is vital to agriculture — directly responsible for $20 billion in added U.S. crop values.

The work rate of honey bees is staggering: A bee colony may log up to 55,000 miles in flight distance to gather nectar for a single pound of honey and a single worker bee may visit up to 2,000 flowers each day.

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Honey laundering trails all lead to China

Honey bee robots coming to agriculture?

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