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jdean
614773.  Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:35 am Reply with quote

I realise this thread has been quiet for a while, but I wanted to talk about mythology surounding bees.

Many European cultures (I am only familiar with European cultures) belived bees in some way communicate with the dead, or speak with the voices of the dead.

The details of the myths vary, but they are all very similar.

 
CB27
614801.  Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:05 am Reply with quote

They're popular myths 'cos there's always a bit of a buzz around them.




OK, I'll get my coat...

 
jdean
614803.  Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:06 am Reply with quote

Groan... :)

 
Jenny
614988.  Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:20 pm Reply with quote

I wonder if that's what the folk custom of telling the bees about a death in the house is connected to.

 
jdean
615435.  Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:31 pm Reply with quote

I belive so. Many versions of the myths have bees as the messangers between the dead and the living.

 
IAmChris
641156.  Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:26 pm Reply with quote

jdean wrote:
I belive so. Many versions of the myths have bees as the messangers between the dead and the living.


Check out "The Shamanic Way of The Bee" by Simon Buxton, which explains details of ancient practices of bee keepers that have maintained till this day. Even in the British Isles, having survived in secret through our oppressive history of christian dogma.

 
IAmChris
641159.  Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:32 pm Reply with quote

Hi,

Watching QI gardening episode and they all seem to think bees eat honey, which is true I suppose. Most of the bee's food is bee bread (honey and pollen mix), which is almost a complete food for humans providing all our mineral requirements.

 
Sadurian Mike
641295.  Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:12 am Reply with quote

In fairness, they also advocated pouring boiling honey onto bees to kill them, so I'm not sure we can put that particular clip in the "factual" category.

Hi, by the way.

 
Posital
641530.  Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Apparently it's fairly easy to tell the difference between a bee and a wasp: bees float and wasps sink.

(Climbs back up the apples and pears.)

 
alanglover
642436.  Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:59 pm Reply with quote

It seems the team on the "Gardens" episode were not aware that when you find a bee staggering around the lawn unable to fly it is generally because it is infested with mites. If you get a glass of warm water and scoop up the bee and drop it in, and push it under, the mites abandon ship. The bee doesn't like it much, but survives, and once it has dried off it will be able to fly away again. When I tried it there were clouds of mites in the water - must have been approaching a hundred of them.

So next time you see one you will have the joy of saving a staggering bee.

 
dr.bob
642473.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:40 am Reply with quote

Excellent advice! I can't wait for next summer to come 'round so I can practise dunking bees :)

 
Jenny
642557.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:06 am Reply with quote

How do you get the bee out of the water without the mites sticking to it again?

 
alanglover
642605.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:29 pm Reply with quote

I just chucked the entire contents of the glass across the lawn - water, mites and bee all at once!

 
alanglover
642629.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:47 pm Reply with quote

I suppose you could extract the bee using one of those individual cup tea infusers - like this:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/stashtea_2080_166892126


Last edited by alanglover on Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:03 am; edited 1 time in total

 
Posital
642658.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:55 pm Reply with quote

alanglover wrote:
I just chucked the entire contents of the glass across the lawn - water, mites and bee all at once!
This is the most edifying thing I've heard all year.

A thousand thank yous.

 

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