The first thing that I think stuck out to me when reading Buzz was simply how positively bees are depicted in popular culture. I grew up seeing these positive depictions of bees in books and movies, but I never noticed how much more we admire bees compared to other insects and even many mammals and birds. While the benefits we receive both directly and indirectly from bees’ labor are undeniable, bees seem to get far more credit and respect for their efforts compared to other animals that we rely on. Another point that fascinated me was all the comparisons between bee and human society, such as how people used to be sure that hives must have a king, and how drones are seen as indolent and useless members of the since they do not help any of the worker bees in completing the day to day tasks. The parallels between the daily chores carried out by the female worker bees and the domestic labor that is typically left to women was also interesting in regards to how we speak of humans and bees. One part of the chapter I remember in particular was how some beekeepers liked to name their queens after their ex-girlfriends while another said that she did not want to “impose” names on her bees because that would imply lordship over them. The third point that struck me was the chapter on how we talk about different kinds of honeybees. The Italian bees are seen as docile and soft, Russian bees are seen as hardy, while African bees are aggressive and dangerous. It seems ridiculous compare stereotypes of bees with stereotypes of humans, but it is hard to deny the similarities in vocabulary when someone is speaking negatively about a group of people or a group of bees.
Man arrested for stealing bees: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article198580239.html
A short time-lapse of bee larva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6mJ7e5YmnE