| On July 3, 1985, Governor John
Ashcroft signed a bill designating the honeybee as Missouri's
state insect. The honeybee (Apis mellifera) yellow or orange
and black in color, is a social insect which collects nectar
and pollen from flower blossoms in order to produce honey. The
honeybee is common to Missouri and is cultivated by beekeepers
for honey production.