Honey bees are not native to the Americas: they were brought here by Virginian colonists in the 1930s. If you're interested in learning about pollinators that are indigenous to our continent, a great starting place is this USDA Forest Service & Pollinator Partnership Publication:
Bee Basics: An Introduction to our Native Bees, by Beatriz Moisset, Ph.D. and Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D.
To download & read Bee Basics, click here.
The Xerces Society is devoted to educating the public about the plight of native pollinators. To visit their website, click here.
For Xerces' Conserving Bumblebees, click here.
Above, the Western Bumblebee made headlines in July 2013 when a small population was discovered in a Seattle suburb ~ this native pollinator had been thought extinct since the early 1990s. Photo by Will Peterman, who spoke at LCBA's March 2013 monthly meeting about his bumblebee research.