Utah may not have "officially" recognized the Honeybee as the state insect until '83, but it has been since like 1850 or so that the state (territory) has been associated with them.
The original name was the territory of Deseret which is a word believed to mean "honeybee". Also, look at the state flag and seal, there is a skep and the state slogan is "Industry", as the people of the state should and are as industrious as bees.
You'll see images of bees and skeps all over. It's a very bee-friendly state.