Mar 20, 2015 Honey Bee, Insect or Influencer? Not only is the honey bee the only insect that produces food eaten by man, but it seems to be the only insect that is rapidly influencing the behavior of our civilization!For nearly two decades the disappearance of the honey bee has been alarming the apiary world and now to the point of global societal behavior modification. In addition to the USDA, awareness of the plight of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera species) in much of the world is via alliances like the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and through studies by the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium. Because of the much touted Colony Collapse Disorder plus a host of other bugs, diseases, and fungi; pesticide use, encouragement of bio-diversity for pollination, and habitat conservation are of more concern to many and this concern is challenging past systems. The honey bees have been buzzing around for many thousands of years, but only now are we listening.