The honey bee is one of nature's most fascinating creatures. Their ability to travel for miles and accomplish amazing tasks has fascinated scientists and entomologists for centuries. Of course, one of the most famous associations with the bee is its production of delicious golden honey. This little yet mighty insect is, in fact, one of our best friends.
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Bees are Fascinating
Did you know that the average honey bee can fly up to 20 mph, visiting more than 7,000 flowers a day, and carrying loads of pollen back to the hive? They function through very sophisticated means, using the sun as their piloting guide while they navigate to and from their home.
In a unique form of charades, drones do a special dance to show their fellow drones where they can find food, shaking their abdomens in the direction of the desired location.
Contrary to the common view, bees do not prefer to sting people. Unlike wasps and hornets that can repeatedly use their stingers, honey bees usually cannot survive after the single use of theirs. They will attack when provoked, and they will try to protect their colony if a threat arises, but it is rare to be stung by a bee that is merely buzzing around collecting pollen.
A Brief History of Beekeeping
Humans and bees go way back. Ancient Egypt had records of organized beekeeping, and vessels of honey have been found perfectly preserved in tombs, even after thousands of years. The Egyptians also recognized the value of the beeswax, using it for sealing coffins, making salves, and even writing tablets.
Early on in man's dealings with bees, it became evident that honey had powerful medicinal properties. Raw honey applied to wounds would protect against infections and promote healing.
In 1770, an Englishman named Thomas Wildman designed beehives that allowed for the harvesting of honey without killing the bees and destroying the colony. This revolutionary model increased the productivity of the bees as well, helping them use hive space efficiently. Around this time, farmers also began to notice the benefit of bees in the process of plant pollination, and hives were placed near orchards and crops to boost yields.
Today, there are millions of domestic bee colonies in America, still pollinating our food supply, still turning out sweet and sticky honey, still providing beeswax for candles, salves, and beauty supplies.
Modern science has confirmed the medicinal qualities of raw honey, as studies have shown that it contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. There is also a substantial amount of antioxidants found in honey as well!
Symbols of Excellence
With all of these impressive accomplishments, it's easy to see how the little hard working bee has become a timeless symbol of industry and diligence. Ancient cultures used images of bees and hives in association with religion, cultural growth, and productivity. These bright little insects represent cheerful busyness, sunny days, and lots of bright colorful flowers.
Bees are also a symbol of community and the value of working together. One single honey bee can do a little, but united as a colony they can accomplish quite a lot!
Honoring Your Loved One
Although it may seem unusual at first to choose a bee as the memorial symbol for your loved one, it is actually a great honor. For those who work hard in life, making the world a better place, and providing sweet things for those around them; yes, the bee is the perfect symbol to memorialize and celebrate their life. Why not choose a customized cremation urn with an engraved honey bee for your loved one?