Tribute to our favorite hymenopterae

It’s tough to be a bee. People are always shooing you away and screaming when you come around to say hello, and you’re just trying to do your job. And its an important job, too. According to a UN study quoted by Bee Guardian (here) our little black and yellow friends pollinate seventy percent of  the 100 crops that supply food to ninety percent of the world. Thats a complicated fact with a lot of numbers but also really stunning when you think about it. So the next time you see a bee, pat him on his little head and say ‘thanks!’ or better yet sing him a song…

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“Honey Bee” by Tom Petty

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“Honey Bee” by Muddy Waters


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(Images from Bone #7, February 1994 – Fone Bone discovers the bees in the mysterious valley are larger than expected)

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“Honey from the Bee” and “Love Buzz” by Willie and the Bees


Sting in this old Bee by Hank Thompson

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“A Sleepin’ Bee” by the Bill Evans Trio

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“Never Swat a Fly” by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band

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“Don’t Bug Me Baby” by Milton Allen

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“Love Bug Crawl” by Jimmy Edwards

If you and your new bee friend settle in for a visit you could invite him for tea (with honey, of course). While visiting on your patio, show him the greatest website ever made, he’s sure to enjoy seeing it.

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“Honey Bee” by Billy Myles

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“Honey Bee” by Lee Pepper and his Orchestra

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“Buzz Buzz Buzz” and “Hey There Little Insect” by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

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B Side by Loudon Wainwright III


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