Honey Bees have become the main source of pollination for approximately one-fourth of all crops produced in the United States and some other countries. The value of the crops that rely on such pollination has been estimated as high as $10 billion yearly in the United States.
Examples of fruit crops that rely on Honey Bees are almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, pears, raspberries, strawberries and watermelons.
The seeds of many vegetables are also produced with Honey Bee pollination; examples include alfalfa, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, clover, cotton, cucumbers, onions, radishes, squash, sweet clover, and turnips.
A lot of species of wild pollinators have disappeared from the land as their habitats have been destroyed or modified by humans. The Honey Bee has taken over as pollinator of many of the wild plants that remain; its ecological value in this regard is a lot of.
Honey Bees are the sole source of honey and beeswax, a fine wax with unusual qualities. Honey Bees also produce propolis, a gummy substance made from tree sap that has antibacterial properties, and royal jelly and pollen for human consumption.
Honey Bee venom is extracted for the production of antivenom therapy and is being analyzed as a treatment for several serious diseases of the muscles, connective tissue, and immune system, including multiple sclerosis and arthritis.