[reads a book] wow, these characters remind me of bees
[watches a movie] if they changed a few things to make them more like bees this would be better
[friends have interpersonal drama] you know what would give good advice at a time like this? a bee
[discusses philosophy with friends] i bet if we were more like bees then we wouldn’t have this problem

Bee Fact #135

The largest collection of taxidermied bees in the world was once owned by Hermann Rorschach (the psychologist who made the ink blot test).

If you visit the Rorschach museum in Switzerland, you can also view this collection, arranged in intriguing patterns for you to consider.

Sigil Experience

I just wanted to say that sigils are really great for helping to end fears. 

I have been severely afraid of bees since I was a little kid. I would literally start crying and screaming and have a flat out anxiety attack if I saw one. Not just when I was five or six either. I was probably thirteen before I even attempted to stop this from happening.

As Spring was approaching, I created a sigil that held the meaning of “I am not afraid of bees, wasps, or other stinging insects.” This sigil was a must for me, simply because I love the outdoors and I garden a lot. I didn’t want to ward the bees away from me; I love what they do with the flowers and the plants around my home. I especially liked seeing them pollinate things I grew myself. (From a window, of course) I also felt connected to them, because we both liked the same things; lavender, the sun, and being outside. I wanted to get along with them. 

So after I burned this sigil, I wasn’t completely convinced it would work. I thought it might take the edge off of my fear, but not completely get rid of it. And it did just that. 

I would still feel my heart race and my breathing get shallow whenever I saw a bee, but I didn’t scream or run away. 

So, I noted my progress, and created a stronger sigil. I put more energy and intent into it. And in no time, my fear of bees was almost completely obviated. I worked on it for a few weeks until I could go outside unafraid. 

Now I can not only see a bee or wasp without freaking out, but I can also get within a few yards of them and just sit there without panicking or wanting to run away. I meditate around them, plant seeds, and sometimes harvest herbs if I don’t think they’ll mind. 

Anyway, that’s one of my really positive experiences with sigils. I am very proud of myself for getting over this fear, and I’m glad I can finally be with the bees. 

oh my god i love bees so much like actually so much i used to be so afraid of them as a child and now i quietly follow them around my yard with my camera and if one of them were to sting me i’d probably be like yes i deserved that thank you beautiful angel creature

Want to help bees? (without exploiting them)

  • Plant things that bees like
    *Viper’s bugloss, Sunflowers, Delphinium, Clover, Lavender, Buttercup, Mint, Lilacs, California poppies, Dahlias, Goldenrods, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Rosemary and more.
  • Buy local organic foods whenever possible and ask organic farmers to stop using pesticides. 
  • Let the weeds in your lawns stay (clover, dandelions and some wildflowers)
  • Don’t use chemicals and pesticides on your lawn or garden.
  • Help make “Bee roads
  • Put a small basin of water outside your house for thirsty bees.
  • Here’s a petition you can sign*
  • Be good to bees
  • Spread the word, inform people.

During a bee’s lifetime, she will only make approximately one teaspoon of honey, which is essential to the hive for times when nectar is scarce, such as during winter. At times there may be an excess in the hive, but this amount is difficult to determine and large-scale beekeepers often remove all or most of it and replace it with a sugar or corn syrup substitute. Can you imagine someone removing all the fruit juice from your house and replacing it with fruit-flavored soda? It may still give you energy, but eventually it will probably make you sick. (x)


While we’re on the subject of honeybees, I was recently visited by a swarm!

I came home Tuesday to find a huge cloud of bees all around a magnolia tree by the garage. In less than an hour, they coalesced into a tight ball of bees about the size of a football.

Now, I knew from a lifetime of nature documentaries that honeybees are at their most docile and least likely to sting when they’re swarming. A this time, they are stuffed silly with honey, don’t have any young to protect, and can simply fly away to avoid predators. They’re cruising around with their queen, looking for a new place to build a hive.

I wasn’t worried about them hurting anybody, but I didn’t necessarily want them to take up residence in my garage or attic. So I did what anybody would have done in this situation. I made a Facebook post about it and then googled what to do.

Fortunately, a friend of mine works at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. She put me in touch with their Apiarist (beekeeper), who was simply ecstatic to hear that I had a stray swarm and that I hadn’t poisoned it (apparently, lots of people don’t know the difference between honeybees and wasps/hornets/yellowjackets/etc). We set up a time for him to come rescue the swarm, and he even called a couple of students up to share the experience. One of them had been waiting for over two years to go on a swarm rescue run.

He brought out a hive box with some already-combed frames. We cut down the twig the bees had clustered on and dropped it into the box, and they immediately began claiming it as their home. Detecting the wax comb on the frames and recognizing a good hive location, the bees started to emit a lemony “homing” pheromone, letting all of their sisters know to settle down here and start laying down wax.

We kept the hive box overnight to allow errant scouts time to return. He came back the next morning to pick up the hive and take it to a quarantine site, until he could be sure of the bees health and temperament. He even left us a little parting gift from the apiary at Stratford. Everybody kept saying what an absolute treat it was to find and save a swarm, and how rare it was to see them. Provided the hive is healthy, in a month or two, I could go up to the ecological center and visit my bees! 

With 40% of honeybee colonies in the US dying in the last year, every bee that can be saved is a small victory. It was a real privilege to witness this event and have a hand in finding a good home for the swarm.

If you see some swarming honeybees in the wild, call a beekeeper! They’ll be grateful to hear from you, and you’ll be doing some good for our pollinator friends!