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Georgia State Insect
Adopted on April 18, 1975.
In 1975, the honeybee, Apis mellifera, was named the official state insect. The honeybee has a highly specialized labor force, an elaborate social structure, an astounding communications system and a well-fed population. It is a member of the great insect family Apoidea, which includes 20,000 species; among them bumblebees and carpenter bees. The honeybee makes an important contribution to Georgia's economy through its production of honey and aids agriculture by cross-pollinating over 50 of Georgia's state crops.
The honeybee has a highly specialized labor force, an elaborate social structure, an astounding communications system and a well-fed population. It is a member of the great insect family Apoidea, which includes 20,000 species; among them bumblebees and carpenter bees. The honeybee makes an important contribution to Georgia's economy through its production of honey and aids agriculture by cross-pollinating over 50 of our state's crops.
Did you know that: The honey bee has been proclaimed the official state insect in each of the following states
The honeybee plays a vital economic role in Georgia through its pollination of various crops, trees, and grasses. The honeybee is the only insect that can be moved for the express purpose of pollination.
Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them. European honey bees, genus Apis Mellifera, produce such an abundance of honey, far more than the hive can eat, that humans can harvest the excess. For this reason, European honey bees can be found in beekeeper's hives around the world!
The taste, color and nutrient content of honey varies from place to place depending upon the kind of flora growing in the area. For example, Tupelo honey (from Tennessee) is twice as sweet as most honey. Many people take honey from their own neighborhood as a kind of natural antihistamine.
Honeybees probably originated in Tropical Africa and spread from South Africa to Northern Europe and East into India and China. They were brought to the Americas with the first colonists and are now distributed world-wide. The first bees appear in the fossil record in deposits dating about 40 million years ago in the Eocene. At about 30 million years before present they appear to have developed social behavior and structurally are virtually identical with modern bees.
Honey bees are social insects, with a marked division of labor between the various types of bees in the colony. A colony of honey bees includes a queen, drones and workers.
The queen is the only sexually developed female in the hive. She is the largest bee in the colony.
Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly
Many states have selected insects as one of their state symbols, however nine states (out of 50) have no official state insect as of 2008.