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I'll Bee Back...The Importance of The Bee

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left”…
Pretty scary stuff considering the numbers of bees particularly native ones are reducing in numbers each year. How can the humble bee be so important in our lives that our existance relies on it?

Pollination. If bees don’t pollinate the flowers, or the many vegetables or most importantly the fruit trees it means famine world wide. In todays 21st century world of genetically altered pre-processed foods this might not seem so important but on a whole, it is a real catastrophe waiting to happen.

Bees have been worshipped throughout history and we have forgotten the importance she had, the Bee Goddess can be found back as far as Sumeria and the Egyptians worshipped Neith. On Crete there is ancient Bronze Age writings that translate to Mistress of the Honey and her role as a virgin Queen Bee Goddess was of great importance.

The myths and legends interact with these honey mistresses and the importance of honey to the Gods was utmost. They drank a form of sweet honey wine called ambrosia to stay immortal and ancient Egyptians used honey in the embalming process. Honey was used in many healing lotions and mead and other drinks were honey based. Pan, the God from Arcadia, of the shepherds was a beekeeper and kept watch over the nature of the fields.

The ancient Gods held the secrets of the honey and the important aspects of it’s existance, reverring it’s benefits and holding it sacred, the Goddesses, the virginal Queen Bees who tirelessly worked for her colony with no reward for herself, just to keep her colony going and her workers who tended her every need, keeping the colony alive with thier tenacity and ability to work together as one. Mating was done if required since the act meant instant death for the male. Death also came at a cost for the bee if he felt the need to sting.

The attributes of the bee and it’s resourcefulness overlaps into these ancient myths and stories of sweet honey, a gift from the Gods. Let’s not forget the humble bee and it’s abilities to provide us with the essentials to survive, nature, the abundance that nature has to offer, the cornucopia of life, the sweet oranges and juicy apples, the flowers that grow wild, lovingly provided for us by that insect that we often scorn for fear of being stung, when in fact, he has way more to lose…

This is one of my favourite bee photos that I thought I’d share to celebrate the wonderful life preserving bee..I’ll Bee Back

Remember what Einstein said…“4 years…”, I bet you will never look at a bee quite the same again,
Vanessa :O)

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Th importance of bees should not be forgotten, Einstein said if bees become extinct, man has 4 years to live…

Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • izzybeth
    izzybethalmost 5 years ago

    thanks so much for the reminder. I hate getting stung,but I love the honey!!!

  • So glad you enjoyed it, thank you, me too!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 5 years ago

    Read “DUST” by Charles Pellegrino, it’s very, very scary. We ignore/destroy all insect life at our peril.
    A timely reminder, Vanessa.

  • Yes, we sure do, glad you caught this jes, thanks alot! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 5 years ago

    We have no shortage of bees out West here, that’s for sure!! lol.

  • Love your pretty new avatar! Thats good, look after them!! Thanks for checking this out steph!! :o)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Jessica Snyder
    Jessica Snyderalmost 5 years ago

    very true! great words- you write very well! I couldn’t go a day without honey- thankful for these little creatures!

  • Thank you for your kind comment Jessica, very pleased you enjoyed it! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

    RVRFNXover 4 years ago

    I am so sorry it took me AGES to finally come and look at this piece!!! I really love it Vanessa and the picture is beautiful :)! I would try to share the important message about the bee but so many people these days don’t care. They are too wound up and focused on the BIG things they simply think that small things are unimportant. It is a really sad state of affairs…

    On a lighter note: I think that I am one of the few (actually, many people) who have a right to be quietly angry with the bee because if they sting me I might die (due to allergic reactions and what not). But the good thing is that I take care of all the little bugs and things around the world as best as I can and the bees stay clear of me (it is a good thing I don’t look like a flower :D). Hahaha

    Thanks for sharing this Vanessa, I really enjoyed the read :)!

  • Thank you so much for enjoying it! I was only going over some of my work the other day and reread this and thought more about it and renewed my energy on the subject. We treat our Earth so poorly yet expect she will never let us down, less trees, less bees, less food, how hard is it? Some wonderful old myths about the Dryads, tree spirits who tried to protect them but the axes didn’t hear their voices, nor do we hear them either, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this precious little insect :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 4 years ago

    As a child, I was the only girl who would play during recess at the flowering bushes that grew next to our school with a fairly large group of boys. We would quietly watch the bees at their work and let them crawl across our hands, fascinated by their industry, strength in such a small package, and beauty. I was never stung. Wonderful writing on this vital Creature Teacher ! :o) wishing you laughter

  • Thank you dear Quinn for your comment and checking this out, cool to have experienced the bees too, amazing little insects! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • galaticos
    galaticosover 4 years ago

    I was aware of this Vanessa, so it’s good to have it explained so eloquently……… A great machine is only as efficient as it’s smallest cog……….. Great write Thanks……

  • Wonderful to hear, I just read it again, praise the humble bee, thank you!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • MaryMac
    MaryMacover 3 years ago

    My feline Aritimus had a chunk taken out of his hindquarter, a gaping hole this happened on a Saturday night around 11pm. My vet is not available on the weekends so I called a friend whose husband is a vet and he recommends honey. Bacteria cannot survive that is why it does not need to be refrigerated and shouldn’t be…just as a tomato should never be (refrigerated it can have bacteria but loses its flavor once cold). He knew I had Aritimus’ shots up because he asked when I had them. He stated if Artie was not better and I was concerned to bring him in on Monday. Honey healed the gaping hole. Artimus could lick the hole if he wanted which didn’t hurt him either. Miracle in honey I can attest.
    Peace to you ")

  • Thanks for that, great to hear Artimus is doing good after his honey cure! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • MedILS
    MedILSover 3 years ago

    fine skillful writing, Vanessa

  • Thanks for letting me know! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Peter Shanahan
    Peter Shanahanalmost 3 years ago

    Very interesting, I saw some native lavender bees once in someones garden, in Gippsland. I think that was their name, purple or blue stripes instead of orange/yellow.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment, I have seen the odd blue striped bee too, they are very zippy and hard to photograph, glad you enjoyed this one! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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