above: honey bee – Michigan
header image: thistle bloom – Michigan
Nikon F3HP / 105mm macro lens – Fuji Velvia.
The value of agricultural crops dependent on honey bee pollination was estimated to be $14.6 billion per year in the U.S. in 2013. “In Michigan alone, the fruit and vegetable industries produce over $2 billion per year, and nearly 50 percent of that value is due entirely to honey bee pollination.