A honey bee
Image credit: By Andreas Trepte [<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5">CC BY-SA 2.5</a>], <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apis_mellifera_Western_honey_bee.jpg">from Wikimedia Commons</a>

You know the many virtues of honey—besides being a tasty natural sweetener and the main ingredient in mead, it has a long list of medicinal benefits. Today—the third Saturday of August—we celebrate the bees that make the honey, the humans who raise the bees, and the groups that work to promote bee awareness and conservation. Appropriately, I just saw this fantastic Comprehensive Guide to Yellow Stripey Things, which includes the honey bee among numerous relatives. (Tip: If you want to pet a bee, go for a bumblebee instead.)