The Insect Behind Thanksgiving Day

Nov 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

The last Thursday of November is Thanksgiving Day, but it really should be Honey Bee Day.

Without the bees, we’d have no Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving as we know it. They are our unstung heroes. They pollinate more than 90 agricultural crops in California.  One third of the American diet is pollinated by bees.

So, as we sit around the dining room table giving thanks, we should also consider the insect that makes it all happen.

The honey bee.

Happy Honey Bee Day!

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

BEE-ING THERE--Honey bees pollinate more than 90 crops, including the nectarine. The honey bee pollinates one third of the American diet. Without the honey bee, there would be no Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving as we know it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee and Nectarine Blossom