What’s with the Bee Metaphor?
You probably don’t need telling that bees are amazing creatures. Sadly, it’s not true that they shouldn’t be able to fly – this popular myth has been debunked by recent research. However, the bee continues to be a source of fascination.
The metaphor of the bee and the beehive has been with us for millennia. Bees are renowned not only for their work rate (‘busy as a bee’) but also their social organisation and ability to cope with threats and adverse circumstances. If a Queen Bee dies, the rest of the hive pull together to create a new substitute Queen by changing the feeding pattern of the larvae under their care within hours. They have a remarkable sense of direction and are able to communicate with each other about the location of blooming flowers by dancing (the famous ‘waggle dance’). They carry nectar on their legs and bodies that can equal half their own body weight and after collecting the nectar return to flowers to pollinate them. This is a lesson in sustainability when the bees ‘give back’ for what they have taken.
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