but not enough when they are needed, always need time to ramp up. The Almond groves for example bloom in February and early March in California, but there are few insects of any amount during this time. The beekeepers are busy feeding hives prior to almond bloom for ramping up populations in bee hives. Without the honeybee there would be very few almonds for purchase. There is already a shortage of bees for pollination, in the past 10 years hive rental has gone from $35 to $175 for almond pollination.
Also most bee hives used for pollination make very little honey, they are too busy traveling the highway to next pollination job.
Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed