Not a native species, the honeybee was brought to North America by settlers from Europe. Honey, which bees produce to feed the colony, is a natural sweetener. In the process of gathering nectar to make honey, bees pollinate seed-bearing plants that provide us with food and with fiber for clothing.
You can see a live hive of honeybees in the Discovery Room  at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
Tales from the Hive  - Companion site to the NOVA program that takes you inside a hive of bees. Also has a list of links and other resources.
CyberBee  - What's new in the world of bees? Check out this site for headline news related to honeybees.