Mom used to say that the big scary buzzing bee was more interested in the flowers than in stinging me. And she was right! Honeybees are critical to agriculture and the environment and have been decreasing in population in recent years, beleagured by pesticides, habitat destruction and colony collapse. For all they do to help us, on World Honeybee Day we can educate ourselves about these vital insects, provide or support pollinator gardens and thank our local beekeepers!