Saving Themselves, Saving the Planetphoto credit: “http://www.flickr.com/photos/greyarea via http://photopin.com”

In the interest of dishin’ out the skinny on what’s what and why on my site here, I want to tell the story of my avatar – the warrior bees.

As many of you probably know, we are once again getting bad news about the demise of millions of bees. Even in my own neighborhood, I’ve noticed patches of foliage where, every year in times gone by, bees could be found swarming around the tiny little flowers growing there. I’d have to stop my dog from pooping there because I didn’t want him to pollute the bees’ area or to get his butt stung and cost me a bundle at the vet.

This year, I’ve been lucky to see one bee.

Many neighbors have said the same thing.

An interesting thing I’ve been reading about concerns these so called “killer bees” we sometimes get all worked up about. Turns out these bees are surviving far better than their  domesticated cousins that the Spaniards dragged over here when they came looking for gold and whatever other riches they could get their hands on.

Come to think of it, I’m not sure about that story either. How could the Spaniards have actually brought bees over? Well, that sounds like a story for another day. Suffice it to say that it seems these bees have got a bad rap being called “killer” bees when in fact the number of deaths actually caused by them is super small. 

Maybe the real crime these bees are committing is refusing to submit to human intervention. 


“Africanized” or “Killer” bees (very suspicious terminology here) are basically rebels. They  don’t want to be captured or forced to live in trays. They refuse to allow humans to take out their queen and insert their own. They don’t want to be told where they will build their home or how they will work. They resist being drowned in antibiotics followed by pesticides. They are not amused at the idea of being the subject of experiments.

The other part of the story is that they are not falling to disease. They are not dealing with “colony collapse disorder” – a big contributing factor to the death of the domestic bees. They are hearty and healthy and occasionally scaring the poop out of everybody with the help of the corporate media.

One of the most interesting articles I read on the bees is from a website called honeybee teacher.com. I also saw an excellent film about the bees called “More Than Honey.” That film explains a whole lot about the bees, why they are important and what is happening to them. Come to find out, it’s really not a mystery after all. There’s the link to the official website: http://buy.morethanhoneyfilm.com/?gclid=CK_9kL6i9cUCFc-FfgodW2EAiQ

This is my story of how I came to choose a symbol for Recession Cafe – the fighting “killer” bee. This bee just might save us all in the process of saving himself.

I’m rooting for the bees.

I’m rooting for us.