Written by: Honey Kimery
Because of my name, many people think that I must love bees and their product of honey. Neither are true. I’ve always found bees and wasps to be scary. They’re just fuzzy insects that’ll sting you and while fuzzy creatures usually make them cute, I do not personally find bees to be remotely cute.
I definitely remember my mother had told me about the disappearing of bees. I know the documentary was made in 2009, but it was long before then I remember hearing about the bees. it could have possibly been around the time when the CCD was first discovered, but I do not recall the year this starting happened (or at least when it was getting a lot of news attention).
I thought I knew a fair amount about bees, mostly from watching one episode of Magic School Bus where I remember they all turned into bees and learned about them. After watching this documentary, I found out I really do not know much about bees. I have known for years now that bees are what pollinate flowers, but it did not occur to me that bees were responsible for pollinating fruits. That makes the bee crisis so much more important because bees are responsible for part of the foods we eat.
I also did not know that the hives were filled with mostly females, with only male bees to mate with the queen. That’s a pretty fascinating colony to me because as a whole, the male of the species is bigger/stronger (the only exceptions to the female over male dominance is the black widow spider and praying mantis, which both eat the male after mating). I did not know there would be such a one dominant gender colony.