Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/28/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

First, we gave you the hottest organic farmers, and you sent us photos of your favorite agri-hotties. Now, we at HuffPost Green are continuing our love affair with sustainable agriculture by taking it to the next level ... with cute beekeepers, naturally.

Bees may get a bad rap because yellow jackets sting, and we'd like to change that by honoring those who recognize their vital role as pollinators and honey makers. Bees are crucial to the survival of up to a third of plant species we eat, and they've faced many problems such as colony collapse disorder. Beekeeping is more than a quirky hobby, it's a seriously important practice for the environment. In honor of that, we've compiled some of the cutest beekeepers around, most of whom practice urban beekeeping on rooftops in their respective cities, sometimes illegally. Nothing like a little naughtiness for the planet, right? So who's the cutest of them all? Vote for your favorite, and we'll invite the winner to blog about his or her hive.

Think we missed a cutie beekeeper who deserves recognition? Send in your nominations below.

Find a picture, click the participate button, add a title and upload your picture.
Cute Beekeepers
Find a picture, click the participate button, add a title and upload your picture
Mike Simone: The Bearded Beekeeper
Mike has been working extensively with honey bees over the past 7 years. He's currently finishing up his PhD work at the University of MN and studies disease resistance behaviors of the bees. His focus is to better understand and promote the behaviors that bees perform to reduce disease on their own.
Rate This Photo (Current Rank: loading...)
A Little Sweet
Stingin' Hot!
Now Make Your Own Top 5
Average rating: loading... out of 10
Beekeepers Who Make Us Buzz
Beekeepers Who Make Us Buzz
Users Who Voted on this Slide
HuffPost Community Top 5 Slides: