Here’s a fun fact about bees: they’re neat. Usually, when you see that distinctive black and yellow pattern flying through the air, your first inclination is to walk the other way before you get jumped. This unfortunate blight on bees’ reputation has vilified an innocent insect who just wants to work hard for the good of the planet.
Our little Bumble Bros do most of the heavy lifting during pollination, which allows us to eat many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy, such as apples, avocados, blueberries, and even pumpkins, just to name a few. As 1 Corinthians 3:8 says “The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor;” surely the bees’ reward in Heaven will be immense. You better appreciate the effort bees put into their jobs, beecause they quite literally work themselves to death over it.
In addition to keeping a ton of different plants alive, bees have provided us with great sources of entertainment. Who can possibly forget the pinnacle of animated film: Bee Movie? Jerry Seinfeld made bees more relatable by masterfully personifying them and showing us that they share some of the same problems as humans: anger, monotony, lust, jazz, workers rights violations, and laziness. Not only does Bee Movie address the day to day problems of your average bee, but it also emphasized their importance to the ecosystem, displaying a dry, dying dystopia in the absence of bees.
Our winged champions of nature have even begun to make their way into the parody music industry. My friends and I have shared a great deal of laughs over songs such as Bee Lo Green, Careless Bees (my personal favorite), and Viva La Bees for you Coldplay fans out there. If you like bees in the entertainment industry, look out for the upcoming video game, Bee Simulator.
Bees deserve all the love we can give them, if they were human sized, I would totally give one a big ol’ hug. Unfortunately, they live arduous lives; the bell always seems to be tolling for them: the use of pesticides kill bees, harsh winters kill bees, diseases kill bees, colony collapse disorder kills bees, working too hard kills bees. It just never ends. Luckily, not all is lost for the humble bumble, scientists are working around the clock to protect bees, and the first ever bee vaccine is in development this very moment. Also, the honey bee population has just started to grow again.
Whether you like bees for their contribution to planet earth, or you just like bee jokes a lot, or maybee a combination of both, I encourage you: when they wake up for work this Spring, thank your local bee.