No. 124 of the Acts of 1978, effective July 1, 1978, designated the Honeybee
as the official State Insect.  This "social" insect, which grows and lives in
highly organized colonies, is important to Vermont farmers and orchardists by
being a principal pollinator of certain of their crops.  But it is best know,
of course, for the pleasant-tasting and healthful honey which it produces. 
Though they represent a relatively small part of the state's agricultural
economy, Vermont beekeepers generally produce several hundred thousand pounds
of honey each year.

       from Office of the Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory
  and State Manual, Biennial Session, 1993-1994, p. 17.